The Role of Performance Anxiety in the Development and Maintenance of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women

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The Role of Performance Anxiety in the Development and Maintenance of Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women
International Journal of Stress Management 2005, Vol. 12, No.4, 379-388
The author Marita McCabe wrote this article to discuss a current study that focused on the association of the attitudes towards sex regarding relationship quality performance anxiety, stress and sexual dysfunction (McCabe 2005 pg. 379). The results of the study demonstrated related types of sexual dysfunction amongst a group of men and women. The article starts off explaining the sexual response cycles by breaking it down into four stages. The four stages are desire, arousal, orgasm and resolution (McCabe pg.380). McCabe stated that most sexual dysfunctions
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McCabe stated in the article the series of research was conducted by Barlow and his colleagues where they focused on the role of concerns dealing with sexual dysfunction and performance. Some of the method used involved laboratory manipulation. The research used participants where there were 145 adults without a sexual dysfunction, and 198 with it. Most participants were married or involved in long term heterosexual relationships. Each participant was grouped based on their responses with what their sexual issue was with ranged from erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual desire, premature ejaculation and inorgasmia (McCabe pg. 382). All the participants completed Subscales from the Sexual Function Scale (McCabe pg.383). They were asked questions during questionnaires about their issues with sexual activity like “Do you feel pressured”,” Are you and your partner communicating”, etc. (McCabe pg. 383) Once the SDS gave the participants information about the nature of dysfunctions participants identified and explained what they thought their sexual issue was and their greatest concerns using different categories for men and women (McCabe pg.383). Participants were informed that they can withdraw from the study after their questionnaires and afterwards asked to do a clinical interview.
The results of the research

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