Sexual Disorders

  • Judith V. Becker
  • Meg S. Kaplan


Human sexuality is an integral part of life, and concerns about sexuality may affect an individual throughout the stages of life. Psychologists in clinical practice frequently encounter clients or patients with sexual disorders, and consequently, it is important that such practitioners understand aspects of sexual development and functioning. Many men and women experience a sexual problem at some stage in the life cycle. Some are very open about their problem and may seek help from family, friends, or professionals, while others are ashamed or embarrassed and “suffer in silence.”


Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Desire Sexual Attraction Premature Ejaculation Female Orgasm 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith V. Becker
    • 1
  • Meg S. Kaplan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric Institute, College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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