Treating inhibited sexual desire: A marital therapy approach

Linda Stone Fish, Ronald C. Fish, Douglas H. Sprenkle

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The treatment of inhibited sexual desire (ISD) has traditionally focused on individual dysfunction. In this paper, ISD is defined as a relational phenomenon which may best be treated in the marital context. The function of the symptom of ISD as it relates to the central marital issues of power, intimacy, and boundaries is also addressed. A structural family therapy treatment strategy for ISD cases is outlined and illustrated in a case example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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