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Sexual Dysfunction, Male

  1. Barry McCarthy,
  2. Alisa Breetz

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0857

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

McCarthy, B. and Breetz, A. 2010. Sexual Dysfunction, Male. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. American University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Traditionally, male sex function and dysfunction has been viewed as simple. It was thought that 90% of male sex dysfunction was caused by psychological factors (especially performance anxiety) or relationship factors (typically poor communication). Since the introduction of Viagra (Goldstein et al., 1998), the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme. The current belief within both academic and lay communities is that 95% of male sex dysfunction is biologically caused, with the common treatment being a stand-alone medical intervention that will quickly return the man to “normal” sex functioning with easy erections and perfect performance. The result has been the dramatic medicalization of male sexuality (Rowland, 2007).


  • male sexuality;
  • sexual desire;
  • erectile dysfunction;
  • premature ejaculation;
  • ejaculatory inhibition