Using masturbation in sex therapy: Relationships between masturbation, sexual desire, and sexual fantasy

Brian D. Zamboni, Isiaah Crawford

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Abstract

Masturbation may be useful in treating hypoactive sexual desire disorder. To examine this possibility, the current study examined the relationships between masturbation, sexual desire, sexual fantasy, and dyadic sexual activity. The relationships between masturbation and other constructs were also examined: overall sexual dysfunction, relationship satisfaction, life stress, and sexual attitudes. Mediational analyses suggest several causal pathways between masturbatory desire, masturbatory frequency, sexual fantasy, sexual desire, and sexual activity. Developing a model of masturbation may help illustrate its role in sexual functioning and highlight its potential role in sex therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-141
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Psychology and Human Sexuality
Volume14
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 2003

Keywords

  • Masturbation
  • Sex therapy
  • Sexual desire
  • Sexual fantasy

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