Masturbation as a means of achieving sexual health

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Abstract

Research on masturbation has indicated that, contrary to traditional beliefs, masturbation has been found to be a common sexual behavior and linked to indicators of sexual health. While there are no general indicators of ill health associated with masturbation, it can be powerfully negative or positive for many individuals. As an example, it is widely used in sex therapy as a means of improving the sexual health of the individual and/or relationship. Promoting masturbation as a means of a public health strategy for sexual health is highly controversial; however, there are arguments and evidence that suggest that this may be an important part of any public health approach to improving sexual health. There is a need for more research on the impact of masturbation on self-esteem, body image, sexual functioning and sexual satisfaction and methods for using masturbation to promote sexual health. There is also a need for more of a theoretical approach to the formation of hypotheses to be tested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-16
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Psychology and Human Sexuality
Volume14
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 2003

Keywords

  • Masturbation
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual fantasies
  • Sexual health

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