Sex Therapy, Female
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Meston, C. M. and Harte, C. B. 2010. Sex Therapy, Female. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Sex therapy is goal-specific and is concerned with alleviating sexual impairments that cause distress; it may also include broader goals such as improvement of a couple's communication and relationship quality. The initial phase of sex therapy is concerned with the accurate diagnosis of the sexual dysfunction presented by the patient. This may pose a difficulty for many psychotherapists, considering that (1) the diagnostic criteria provided by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association [APA] 2000) is often unclear, (2) there is high comorbidity with respect to sexual dysfunctions, and (3) there is a paucity of research examining age-related norms for the female sexual response.
- sex therapy;
- sexual desire;
- sexual arousal;
- sexual pain