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Sexual Dysfunction

  • William T. O’Donohue
  • Benjamin Graber
Part of the The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging book series (SSAD)

Abstract

Sexual behavior is a complicated and important part of human functioning. Sexual behavior is important for several reasons: (1) it can create life (desired or undesired) with its attendant parenting duties and joys; (2) it can bring a tremendous amount of pleasure to oneself and others; (3) it can bring to us special kinds of relationships with other human beings; (4) it can significantly affect how we see ourselves and how others see us (e. g., whether we are “heterosexual,” “homosexual,” or “impotent”); and (5) it can have a tremendous downside or cost. If carried out “improperly,” our sexual behavior can lead to harm to others (unwanted pregnancies, rape), as well as to ourselves. These kinds of problems include disease, death (HIV), or even incarceration (child molestation).

Keywords

Sexual Behavior Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Functioning Cohort Effect Sexual Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William T. O’Donohue
    • 1
  • Benjamin Graber
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.Graber Psychiatric AssociatesOmahaUSA

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