Sexual Dysfunctions and Deviations

  • Nathaniel Mcconaghy


In interviewing subjects in order to reach a diagnosis of sexual dysfunction or deviation preliminary to the management of their condition, it is as important to determine the nature of their personalities as it is to diagnose the condition for which they sought help. This information is essential for the second function of the diagnostic interview, the establishment with the subjects of an appropriate therapeutic relationship to maximize their likelihood of remaining in and complying with treatment. Also, the nature of their personality is a major determinant of their response to treatment. In the diagnosis of patients’ complaints, the categories provided by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, revised (DSM-III-R; American Psychiatric Association, 1987) are widely accepted, at least in the published literature, though it is necessary to be aware of their limitations, for which they are undergoing revision (DSM-IV draft criteria; American Psychiatric Association, 1993).


Sexual Behavior Sexual Dysfunction Child Sexual Abuse Sexual Arousal Sexual Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathaniel Mcconaghy
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  1. 1.School of PsychiatryUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

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