Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Sexual Response in Masters and Johnson

  • Constance Avery-ClarkEmail author
  • Linda Weiner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_419


Human sexual response; Physiological sexual response; Sexual response; Sexual Response Cycle; Sexual response patterns


Models for the Human Sexual Response Cycle, as developed by Masters and Johnson and subsequent sexologists, attempt to describe the sequence of physical and emotional responses to sexual stimulation.

Prominent Associated Figures

William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson; Helen Singer Kaplan; Roy Levin; Paul Robinson; Meredith Chivers and J. Michael Bailey; Beverly Whipple; Rosemary Bassoon; Stephanie Both, Walter Everaerd, and Ellen Laan; John Bancroft and Erick Janssen; and Cynthia Graham.


William Masters and Virginia Johnson first described the Human Sexual Response Cycle (Masters and Johnson 1966). Their results were based on laboratory recordings and measurements of the physiological responses over 10,000 episodes of individual and couple sexual activity in 382 women and 312 men. Their research subjects included self-identified...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Sexual and Relationship Therapy and TrainingBoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Sexual and Relationship Therapy and TrainingSt. LouisUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA