Male Psychogenic Sexual Dysfunction: The Role of Masturbation

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PUBLISHED

2003 in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Vol. 18(4), pp. 447-471

KEY FINDINGS
  • This clinical study examined the role of masturbation with pornography in the development of certain forms of sexual dysfunction.
ABSTRACT
The role of masturbation in male psychogenic sexual dysfunction (MPSD) has been neglected by researchers and practitioners; this qualitative study explores that link through individual interviews with a clinic population by using grounded theory as a methodological approach and analytical style. Although a preference for functional sex with a partner was expressed by participants, our data suggest that masturbation dependence develops as a result of their sexual response having become conditional on a discrete set of behaviours,... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • "The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of male sexual dysfunction and the part played by masturbation. Findings suggest that all of the participants had experienced difficulties during sex with a partner but no such difficulties were experienced during masturbation. In effect, this study had a built-in control and comparisons could be made between participants’ functional sexual response during masturbation and dysfunctional response with a partner...fantasy, in the form of visual imagery, is an important means of enhancing sexual arousal and accompanies masturbation for most of the participants."
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