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Sexual Dysfunction

by: KatieAlbritton

Sexual Dysfunction Psy 247

GPA 3.7
Abnormal Psychology
Dr. Clemens

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These notes look into sexual dysfunction, paraphilias, and gender dysphoria. They also detail the stages of sexual arousal and different sexual disorders for both males and females.
Abnormal Psychology
Dr. Clemens
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Abnormal psychology, PSY 247, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexual Disorders
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by KatieAlbritton on Monday August 24, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to Psy 247 at University of North Carolina - Wilmington taught by Dr. Clemens in Fall 2013. Since its upload, it has received 38 views. For similar materials see Abnormal Psychology in Psychlogy at University of North Carolina - Wilmington.


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Date Created: 08/24/15
Sexual Dysfunction Katie Albritton Study Soup Some of these topics mav be controversial andor sensitive Please note that I mav not agree with some of the definitions presented or some of the terms used Thank you Sexual Dysfunction Medical conditions can affect sexual performance Sexual dysfunction is physical Sexual disorders Affect attraction significantly HPV The leading cause of Cervical Cancer HIV The HIV rate is rising Many people think HIV is manageable It is not Some drugs affect sexual functioning Alcohol Narcotics Zanax Antidepressants Antihistamines etc Sociocultural in uences on sexual practices and standards Some aspects of sexuality are universal Others are quite variable Sexual attitudes vary greatly across cultures and across time We are all sexual beings And that39s okay I promise Degeneracy and Abstinence Theory Degeneracy Theory 17503 Semen loss causes a loss in masculinity Not true guys come on You39re constantly producing that stuff you39re not going to run out Abstinence Theory 183039s Masturbation threatens public health Also not true Have at it Ritualized homosexuality in Melanesia Ritualized homosexuality is practiced in some societies in Melanesia Male initiation rituals Young males exchange semen Homosexuality and American Psychology Up to 1970 homosexuality was regarded as a mental illness Current evidence shows that homosexuality is comparable with psychological normalcy Meaning that there is no evidence linking homosexuality to higher rates of mental illness ParaphiliasGender Dysphoria Disorders Philia attraction The paraphilias are disorders of attraction Sexual behavior with objects rules andor situations needed to find sexual satisfaction What are they Fetish Attraction to inanimate object or body part You likely will not reach orgasm without the object or body part being present Transvestic Fetish Heterosexual usually men who gain excitement from wearing clothing of the opposite gender Voyerism Gaining sexual excitement from watching people either in a state of undress or engaged in sexual activity Exhibitionism Gain sexual satisfaction through exposing themselves to others Usually prey on children Shock value Sexual Sadism Gain sexual satisfaction through in icting pain or humiliation Sexual Masochism Gain sexual satisfaction through having pain or humiliation in icted upon them Pedophilia Sexual attraction to prepubescent children Usually know the children Calculated Different from incest Sexual relations between those legally not allowed to marry mainly family members Most common is brothersister Frotturism Gain sexual excitement from rubbing against unwitting strangers Causal Factors for all Gender Learning behaviors Multiple paraphilias Social learning histories Treatment Behavioral classical conditioning aversion therapy Mixed results Gender Dysphoria Discomfort With the assigned gender or sexrelevant physical characteristics Treatment Sexual assignment therapy Transexual Adults Who Wish to change their physical sex Autogynephilia Man39s sexual arousal at the thought of being a woman Psychotherapy not effective Condition may be caused by prenatal hormonal in uence Sexual disfunctions Impairment in desire for sexual gratification andor the ability to attain it Appetitive Want Functional ability Four stages of sexual excitement Arousal Plateau Orgasm Resolution Males Refractory Period Arousal Vasocongestion Males Erection Females Vaginal lubrication Younger females need more foreplay than older females Plateau Maximal Vasocongestion Males Full erection females Opening of part of the vagina Orgasm Pelvic contractions Resolution Decongestion Males Enter refractory period Let39s bust a common myth right here Males do not have to have sex Meaning there is no such thing as blue balls Males reabsorb sperm that is not expelled It does not build up and cause them ongoing discomfort Male Sexual Dysfunction Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder Most common Little desire to have sex Rare in young males Erectile Disorder Unable to achieve erection or full erection Most common reason in young males is alcohol use Look for a medical cause before a Psychological one Early Ejaculation Disorder Ejaculation before it is desired All men Will ejaculate prematurely every once in a While it39s normal and okay Easiest to treat aside from phobias Sensate focus Remove performance anxiety gradually introduce positive sexual behavior Delayed Ejaculation Disorder Unable to orgasm during sex Most common cause in young males is alcohol use Female Sexual Dysfunctions Female Sexual InterestArousal Disorder Most common Low desire for sex Common cause Role strain Build up of role stress Treatment After ruling out medical causes Get partner to do more household chores to alleviate role strain Genital Pelvic PainPenetration Disorder Pain during Penetrative sex Lack of adequate foreplay Female Orgasmic Disorder Inability to reach orgasm or excessive foreplay needed to reach orgasm Faking orgasms Please don39t do this You should get to get there too This is the end of the notes on sexual dysfunction Next we will look into eating disorders Thank you and I hope these notes are helpful


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