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Arch Sex Behav. 1978 Nov;7(6):593-602.

Group vs. couple treatment of sexual dysfunctions.


Results of a study comparing the effectiveness of two formats for treating men with premature ejaculation and their female partners with orgasmic dysfunctions are described. In one treatment format, a couple was treated by a male and female cotherapy team once a week for 12 sessions. In the second treatment format, which also consisted of 12 weekly sessions, three or four couples were treated simultaneously in a group led by a cotherapy team. The five couples treated alone and the ten couples treated in the group format all received a standardized therapy program consisting of sex education, attitude restructuring, and specific suggestions for acquiring ejaculatory control for the men and an increased range of orgasmic response for the females. The results showed significant improvement for couples in both treatment formats. The group format initially showed a slight tendency toward more rapid progress than did the couple format, but by the 2-month follow-up there were no significant differences. The study demonstrates that couple group treatment is a cost-effective means for treating common male and female sexual problems.

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