Sexual dysfunction within an adult developmental perspective

Peter J. Fagan, Jon K. Meyer, Chester W. Schmidt

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Abstract

The focus of this paper is on the adult who has adequately mastered the oedipal stage of psychosexual development and who presents with a sexual dysfunction. Drawing on the developmental sequence of Erik Erikson, the authors suggest that failure to address adequately an adult psychosocial crisis may result in sexual dysfunction. There may be both adult developmental deficits and regression to adolescent and adult stages previously negotiated. Both may be symptomatically represented by sexual dysfunction. The authors urge that the sexual and marital problems be evaluated within an adult developmental framework and that the therapy address the psychosocial issues which are appropriate to the developmental stage of the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-257
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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