Self-directed treatment for premature ejaculation

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Tested the effects of self-administered treatment for premature ejaculation vs therapist-administered treatment by assigning 18 couples with premature ejaculation problems to (a) totally self-administered treatment, (b) self-administered treatment in conjunction with minimal therapist (telephone) contact, or (c) standard therapist-administered treatment. All Ss completed the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test and a sexual background inventory. Ss were successfully treated by therapists or by themselves when they maintained minimal contact with a therapist. Ss working without therapist contact failed to complete treatment successfully. Follow-up data indicate that although there was deterioration in therapeutic gain following the termination of treatment, improvement over pretreatment responses was maintained on all relevant measures. Data also indicate that greatest improvement in ejaculatory control occurred when Ss continued to use the squeeze or pause to delay ejaculation, but significant improvement in latency to ejaculation also occurred when Ss used neither technique to lengthen intercourse. (35 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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