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chapter 7 - Sexual Dysfunctions

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Sexual Dysfunctions Abnormality in an individual’s sexual responsiveness and reactions High percentage of people living in the US report symptoms of sexual dysfunction Characteristics of Sexual Dysfunction Defined by the individual. Can be considered a disorder if person feels distressed about the behavior Sometimes dysfunctions can be signs or symptoms of problems in a persons life, not directly pertaining to  sexuality (job-related stress/family problems) Can be either lifelong or acquired  Masters and Johnson researched human sexuality, providing a more scientific basis for understanding sexual  dysfunction and took a more humanistic approach to the disorders. Used as the foundation for understanding  sexual dysfunctions 4 stages: arousal, plateau, orgasm, resolution sexual dysfunctions are associated with the arousal and orgasm phases, as well as overall level of sexual  desire sexual dysfunctions involve persistent and recurrent symptoms can be caused by other psychological problems, e.g. depression  can be physically as well as psychologically based can often begin fairly innocuously but develop into something more serious because of anxiety about the  problem spectatoring – when individual feels self-conscious during sexual activity
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  • Spring '08
  • Halgin
  • Sexual intercourse, Female sexual arousal disorder, Sexual arousal, Sexual dysfunction, hypoactive sexual desire disorder

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