Facing the Complexities of Women's Sexual Desire

Facing the Complexities of Women's Sexual Desire

von: Vera S. Maass

89,24 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 22.11.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9780387331690
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 228

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This book focuses on a problem frequently encountered by sex and family therapists, psychologists and primary care physicians: women’s sexual desire or lack thereof. The book covers both research and clinical interventions, and outlines factors that contribute to the decline in sexual desire in women of various ages. The text describes therapeutic steps which can be undertaken with the guidance of a therapist or by the woman herself.
This book represents a broad-based approach to a narrow but complex issue. The issue causes distress for many and has been instrumental in family disruption and divorce. Women’s sexual desire—whether it is too little or too much—has become an issue of growing concern and vague promises for solution. In the meantime, the women are looking for answers, consulting professionals in the field of human sexuality, physicians or therapists, media advice and self-help books. The material discussed in this book is not part of any structured research. The women encountered in the pages of this book have not been selected on a random basis. Some have been clients, some are volunteers from the general population and another group is made up of undergraduate college students. The college s- dents came from a varied ethnic and cultural background while the clients mainly were of white and African American background. The volunteers were predo- nantly from a white middle-class population. There is no claim that the women are representative of all women in the general population.
Background and Explanations.- Influences on Women's Sexual Experiences.- Desire-Phase Problems and the Search for Explanations.- Bio-Ethological and Social-Psychological Explanations.- The Women in Context.- Searching for Sexual Identity.- Symptom Manifestation Within Relationships.- Women's Relationships to Power.- Intra-Personal Considerations Relevant to Sex Therapy.- Toward Resolution.- Developments in Sexology and Sex Therapy.- Cognitive Behavioral Factors Relevant to Treatment.- A Practical Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Approach.- Learning From the Past—Thoughts for the Future.
Vera Sonja Maass is a psychologist in private practice as well as a consulting psychologist to the Grey Clinic, Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is certified in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling.
Whether they involve excess, a decrease, or complete absence, problems of sexual desire drive women to consult sex therapists, couples counselors, and other practitioners (to say nothing of self-help books and talk-show hosts). Facing the Complexities of Women’s Sexual Desire, by veteran sex therapist Vera Sonja Maass, is one of the few books to address these intimate phenomena in practical clinical detail.

-Background chapters outline the often-conflicting factors influencing women’s sexuality and sexual response, both biological (e.g., hormones, pregnancy) and sociocultural (e.g., media images, double standards)

-"The Woman in Context" section explores individual characteristics and symptoms as manifested in relationships, particularly as terms of interpersonal styles and power dynamics

-Case histories and vignettes, from a wide range of women, illustrate different aspects of desire, desire disorders, and treatment options

-Current theories and therapies relevant to problems of desire are covered in depth

-An effective cognitive-behavioral model is applied in solo, couples, group, and single-sided relationship therapy settings

Its specialized focus makes Facing the Complexities of Women’s Sexual Desire an important addition to the bookshelf of sex and marriage therapists, clinical and women’s health psychologists, and students planning to enter these areas. And Maass has kept the book free of jargon so the non-professional reader, too, can make the most of her advice.
Includes illustrations and clinical case studies
One of few books targeted to sex therapists that focuses solely on female sexual desire
This book focuses on a specific problem that is frequently encountered in the offices of sex and family therapists, as well as health psychologists and primary care physicians: women’s sexual desire or lack thereof. Written from the perspective of the sex therapist, the book covers both research and clinical interventions. First several theoretical considerations are explored. Treatment issues are addressed in terms of both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches. Case histories demonstrate the application of a particular model within a practical cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. The book outlines the factors that contribute to the decline in sexual desire in women of various ages. The process of in-depth exploration of the contributing factors and search for increased sexual pleasure and desire is a comprehensive one, including various steps, which are described in detail. These steps can be undertaken with the help and guidance of a professional therapist in the field or by the woman herself.