Systematic Desensitization of Erectile Impotence: A Controlled Study
The preceding chapters in this part dealt with the etiology of erectile dysfunction as well as the more common forms of treatment for this dysfunction.
In this article, Kockott, Dittmar, and Nusselt attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of systematic desensitization in the treatment of impotence. This study is based on a sample of twenty-four men, and care was taken to “match” the subjects in the three different treatment groups. A waiting list control group, which did not receive any treatment, was used to evaluate effectiveness of therapy. These factors are important to note as clinical outcome studies such as this are often criticized on the basis of not being methodologically rigorous.
The use of three methods for evaluating treatment outcome in this study (behavioral description, subjective report, and physiological response) is important to note. Reliance on one method alone increases the chance that the Jinal data may not be totally accurate.
This concern is especially relevant to research in the area of sexual dysfunction where a patient subjective report of arousal, for example, may contradict his or her physiological response (see Heiman, Part II, Chapter 8).
KeywordsErectile Dysfunction Sexual Intercourse Wait List Wait List Control Group Sexual Fantasy
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