Behavior and cognitive therapy in the treatment of vaginismus: A case study

Abstract

Theoretical basis for a combined behavioral-cognitive approach to sexual dysfunctions may be found in the work of Masters and Johnson (1970). However, the treatment methods employed by them as well as by behavior therapists have included primarily behavioral procedures. This is particularly the case in the treatment of vaginismus, where behavior therapists have made an exclusive use of Wolpe's (1958) systematic desensitization method (see reports by Fuchs et al., 1975; Haslam, 1965; Husted, 1975). This case study presents a self-control approach that combines cognitive procedures such as rational restructuring (Ellis, 1962) with behavioral procedures such as self-control desensitization (Goldfried, 1971) in the treatment of vaginismus.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01172512

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@article{Shahar2005BehaviorAC, title={Behavior and cognitive therapy in the treatment of vaginismus: A case study}, author={Anton Shahar and Yoram Jaffe}, journal={Cognitive Therapy and Research}, year={2005}, volume={2}, pages={57-60} }