Evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunction

S. Michael Plaut, Karen M. Donahey

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We sometimes like to think that we have come of age in the sexual arena. Sex is more openly discussed than ever, information about sexuality is more readily available via selfhelp books and the Internet, and it is even more acceptable to admit that one may have a sexual dysfunction. However, although the spectrum of values and the comfort level may have shifted to the more open, liberal end of the spectrum, there are still many among us for whom sex is a very difficult topic. Sexuality is still not discussed with a sense of comfort in many homes, if it is discussed at all. Sex education in school is still a controversial topic. Although we are addressing various forms of sexual abuse more effectively than ever, a disturbingly large proportion of our population still experiences unwanted sex, which may have far-reaching effects on those individuals’ comfort with sex as an important and meaningful part of an intimate relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationThe Science and Practice of Working with Families and Couples
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)020349041X, 9781135451318
ISBN (Print)1583913254, 9781583913260
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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