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Sex Therapy, Male

  1. Peggy J. Kleinplatz

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0851

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Kleinplatz, P. J. 2010. Sex Therapy, Male. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Ottawa, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The treatment of male sexual difficulties is still in its infancy, but it has had quite a dramatic beginning over the last 40 years or so. In 1966, Masters and Johnson published their seminal description of the physiology of male and female sexual response as observed in their laboratory. They referred to their observations as the human sexual response cycle (HSRC) model, which consisted of four stages: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. Subsequently, in 1970, Masters and Johnson provided the first systematic approach to the treatment of sexual problems and became the founders of what is now called sex therapy. Problems came to be defined in terms of deviations from the 1966 HSRC model. For men, this meant that the major sexual dysfunctions were identified as what was then called “impotence,” now known as “erectile dysfunction” (ED); “premature ejaculation,” now known as “rapid ejaculation” (RE); “ejaculatory incompetence,” now known as “delayed ejaculation” (DE); or “male orgasmic dysfunction” and “dyspareunia,” meaning pain associated with sexual intercourse.


  • human sexuality;
  • male sexuality;
  • sex therapy;
  • sexual dysfunctions;
  • male sexual dysfunctions