CRVAW Faculty Journal Articles


A Sexual-Enhancement Workshop: Beyond Group Systematic Desensitization for Women's Sexual Anxiety


This study investigated whether six women who previously had received 15 sessions of group systematic desensitization (SD) for their sexual anxiety would report additional treatment gains from participation in a sexual-enhancement workshop with their partners. After group SD six couples participated in six, 1 hour weekly group sessions. The women reported a significant increase in marital adjustment and a significant decrease in sexual anxiety. A significant decrease was found in the women's sexual nonresponsiveness as perceived by their partners. Future studies should (1) contrast the effects of group SD with women alone versus couple group treatment, (2) determine which treatment components are most influential for defined subject types, and (3) obtain data on men's sexual functioning.

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Dr. Diane Follingstad had not been a faculty member of the University of Kentucky at the publication time.

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