Sexual disorders - summary of chapter 12 of Abnormal Psychology by Kring, Davison, Neale & Johnson (12th edition)

Clinical psychologyChapter 12Sexual disordersSexual dysfunctions are defined by persistent disruptions in the ability to experience sexual arousal, desire, orgasm, or by pain associated with intercourse.Paraphilias are defined by persistent and troubling attractions to unusual sexual activities or objects. Definitions of what is normal or desirable in human sexual behavior vary with time and place.Culture influences attitudes and beliefs about sexuality.Gender and sexualityWomen tend to be more ashamed of any flaws in their appearance than do men, and this shame can interfere with sexual satisfaction.For women, sexuality appears to be more closely tied to relationship, status, and social norms than for men.Among women with sexual symptoms, more than half believe their symptoms are caused by relationship problems. Men are more likely to think about their sexuality in terms of power than are women.There are many parallels in men’s and women’s sexuality.The primary motivation for having sex was sexual attraction and physical gratification.The sexual response cycle Four phases in the human sexual response cycleDesire phaseExcitement phaseOrgasm phaseResolution phaseSexual dysfunctions Sexuality usually occurs in the context of an intimate personal relationship.Our sexuality shapes at least part of our self-concept.When sexual problems emerge, they can wreak havoc on our self-esteem and relationships.Clinical descriptions of sexual dysfunctions The DSM-5 divides sexual dysfunctions into three categories:Involving sexual desire, arousal, and interestOrgasmic disordersSexual pain disordersSeparate diagnoses are provided...

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Abnormal Psychology by Kring, Davison, Neale & Johnson (12th edition) - a summary


This is a summary of Abnormal Psychology by Kring, Davison, Neale & Johnson. This summary focuses on clincal psychology and mental health. Discussed are etliolgies of disorders and treatments.

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Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal psychology is a branch of psychology that deals with psychopathology and abnormal behavior, often in a clinical context. The term covers a broad range of disorders, from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to personality disorders. Counselors, clinical psychologists, and psychotherapists often work directly in this field.

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