Psychogenic impotence: Is it possible to differentiate it from organic impotence with personality, psychopathological and defensive indexes?

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In this study, the authors compared 2 samples of patients suffering from organic (N.29) and psychogenic (N.52) erectile dysfunction, with the aim of identifying psychological dimensions which could differentiate between the two samples and adequate psychometric instruments to measure them. The following evaluation scales were used: Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire— Revised (PDQ-R), Symptom Check List 90 (SCL-90) and Defense Style Questionnaire—Short Form (DSQ-SF) in order to assess personality traits, psychiatric symptoms and defensive styles, respectively. PDQ-R, SCL-90 and DSQ-SF were found to be inadequate to differentiate between the two samples of psychogenically and organically impotent patients. Moving from this negative result the authors formulate some hypothesis on the possibility and the opportunity of research on this direction, and on the possible meaning of psychogenic impotence.

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Orlandinim, A., Rizzi, P., Fossati, A. et al. Psychogenic impotence: Is it possible to differentiate it from organic impotence with personality, psychopathological and defensive indexes?. Sex Disabil 11, 259–267 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01102170

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Keywords

  • Personality Trait
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Psychiatric Symptom
  • Impotence
  • Psychological Dimension