Issues in the Treatment of Sexually Dysfunctioning Couples of Afro-American Descent

  • Gail E. Wyatt
  • Richard G. Strayer
  • W. Charles Lobitz
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


The question of whether or not sex therapy is an effective and viable treatment option for minority groups has never been addressed directly. Although there has been some research done, most of it has centered on the disparity in life-style between the patient and therapist and has not dealt with sex therapy per se.

In this chapter the authors examine some of the issues that need to be dealt with when attempting to do sex therapy with Afro-American couples. They use the case report of one couple to illustrate their points and give an outline of the structure of therapy.

Many of the issues the authors raise are likely to be relevant for sex therapy with any minority or ethnic group. Such issues include the effects of racial myths and stereotypes about sexual performance on a patient’s self-image, and the patient’s mistrust of the therapist.


Sexual Dysfunction Black Male Sexual Expression Premature Ejaculation Sexual Prowess 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail E. Wyatt
    • 1
  • Richard G. Strayer
    • 2
  • W. Charles Lobitz
    • 3
  1. 1.Neuropsychiatric Institute, School of MedicineUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.The Wheeler ClinicPlainvilleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Clinical Psychology, Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineDenverUSA

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