First Advisor

Betty Leonard

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Women -- Sexual behavior, Sex therapy



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1 online resource (91 pages)


It is the purpose of this research practicum to explore the self-reported changes of women who have participated in Preorgasmic Women's Groups. These groups are a type of treatment program for the problem of primary orgasmic dysfunction, and for women who want to learn to experience orgasm through manual masturbation. A Preorgasmic Group relates to a combination of physiological and psychological components of orgasm. It is distinguished from other therapy techniques in that the program involves only women in a group situation and uses a combination of techniques. It combines group discussion, education of female anatomy and sexual function, and a behavior modification program done as homework, which is an adaptation of the nine-step desensitization program designed by Lobitz and LoPiccolo.

Primary Orgasmic Dysfunction: a term describing the condition of a woman who has never experienced orgasm. Secondary orgasmic dysfunction is a term describing women who have experienced orgasm outside sexual activity with a partner.


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A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University.

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