RR Ch 16.360

RR Ch 16.360 - Abnormal Psychology Psychology 360, Fall...

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Abnormal Psychology Psychology 360, Fall 2008 Reading Response #10, Chapter 16 15 points 1. I would diagnose Clara with Vaginismus. This is the involuntary contraction of the muscles surrounding the outer third layer of the vagina when vaginal penetration with a penis, finger, tampon, or speculum is attempted. There are a variety of reasons Clara may suffer from this disorder. First, a sociocultural perspective may suggest that Clara’s strict religious upbringing may have caused feelings of sinfulness and humiliation regarding sexual activities; therefore, Clara cannot engage in sexual behaviors because she may believe that what she is doing is wrong. Bioligically, lower levels of estrogen may decease vaginal lubrication, cause dryness and therefore cause pain. Also, she may have suffered an injury from her first child’s birth that has healed poorly that has caused her coital pain; this pain could cause her to fear any sexual contact. Psychologically, Clara’s attitude that sex is dirty or sinful can cause her to lack the desire to have
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