Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Sexual Tipping Point Model in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Michael A. Perelman
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_709-1

Name of Model

The Sexual Tipping Point® model.



The Sexual Tipping Point® (STP) is one of a number of dual-control* biopsychosocial* models, which have become the primary lens that expert sex therapists and a progressively greater numbers of sexual medicine specialists use to understand sexual function and dysfunction. Increasingly, almost all mental health professionals support “dual-control” biopsychosocial-cultural models (Bancroft et al. 2009; Kaplan 1995; Perelman 2009). The Sexual Tipping Point®model provides couples and family therapists with a useful transdisciplinary approach to understanding the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual disorders/dysfunctions (SD). This is important because of the high frequency that sexual issues/problems cause and/or may be the consequence of relationship strife. Many clinicians are hyperaware that such problems are multilayered and systemic but are limited in their ability to assist...


Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Desire Sexual Response Premature Ejaculation Sexual Motivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine and UrologyWeill Cornell Medicine/New York PresbyterianNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.MAP Education and Research FundNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA