A literature review on vulvodynia and distress

Bond, Kathy S., Weerakoon, Patricia and Shuttleworth, Russell 2012, A literature review on vulvodynia and distress, Sexual and relationship therapy, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 46-62.

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Title A literature review on vulvodynia and distress
Author(s) Bond, Kathy S.
Weerakoon, Patricia
Shuttleworth, Russell
Journal name Sexual and relationship therapy
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 62
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1468-1994
1468-1749
Keyword(s) vulvodynia
sexual distress
psychological distress
DSM definition
Summary  Distress about a sexual problem is a necessary part of diagnosing female sexual dysfunction. It is an important way to distinguish between a sexual problem and normal sexual variation and has implications for treatment seeking, motivation for therapy and prognosis. The concept of distress, however, has not been clearly defined and is complex and poorly understood. Furthermore, there has been limited research into distress related to genital pain disorders. This paper explores the concept of distress within the field of vulvodynia research, specifically the distress that results from genital pain. Due to the limited research into distress relating specifically to genital pain this review will contextualise the available literature within the larger context of distress related to other female sexual dysfunctions. The discussion includes the current and future Diagnostic and Statistical Manual definitions for genital pain, as well as general definitions of distress. It also explores distress in the genital pain and general female sexual dysfunction literature and discusses its diagnostic, research and clinical implications.
Language eng
Field of Research 110316 Pathology (excl Oral Pathology)
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055119

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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