Psychotherapy for male sexual dysfunction: A review

William T. O'Donohue*, Diane N. Swingen, Cynthia A. Dopke, Lisa G. Regev

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There are nine major diagnostic categories of male sexual dysfunction in the DSM-IV. Psychotherapy outcome studies focusing on these problems are reviewed. Currently, there appears to be little evidence that effective psychological interventions exist for these problems. Reasons for this include numerous methodological problems of existing research, effect sizes that are not clearly clinically significant, lack of compelling follow-up data indicating durability of treatment gains, and lack of treatment manuals that allow replication. Also, some disorders have been ignored by researchers. Guidelines for sample selection and description, assessment and diagnosis, and research design are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-630
Number of pages40
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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