Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Problematic Sexual Behavior in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Natasha Helfer ParkerEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_869

Name of Concept

Problematic Sexual Behavior in Couple and Family Therapy


A common issue within the field of Couple and Family Therapy is that “problematic sexual behavior” is treated by clinicians from the construct and model of “sex or porn addiction.” This creates problems for a variety of reasons, including aspects that affect accurate assessment and diagnosis, best practice treatment approaches, and adequate sexual education. Just this past year, the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) developed a position statement that includes the following quote: “AASECT 1) does not find sufficient empirical evidence to support the classification of sex addiction or porn addiction as a mental health disorder, and 2) does not find the sexual addiction training and treatment methods and educational pedagogies to be adequately informed by accurate human sexuality knowledge. Therefore, it is the position of AASECT that linking problems related...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Symmetry SolutionsWichitaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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