Treatment of the Psychosexually Disordered

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 191. Reviews the book, The Sexually Disturbed: Treating Psychosexual Disorders by Averil Marie Doyle (1992). This is a good introduction to the treatment of the psychosexually disordered for mental health professionals and students who have had little or no experience in working with this population. As the author correctly observes, mental health professionals, reflecting cultural attitudes, often experience negative feelings toward the sexually disturbed, even though psychosexual disorders are fairly common in our society. The reviewer disagrees with Doyle's statement that therapists have been unsuccessful in treating psychosexual disorders. There is a growing body of literature on the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques in the treatment of psychosexual disorders. This book, however, does not provide references for research studies that have been conducted showing the effectiveness of cognitive-based interventions in dealing with people with psychosexual disorders. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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