The traditional psychoanalytic approach to sexual dysfunctions deemphasizes societal factors as contributing to sexual dysfunctions The new approach to sex therapy, which has developed since 1970, emphasizes a diversity of factors, including societal factors. Sex education—following sex therapy—has now begun to recognize the area of sexual dysfunctions as a valid topic. Knowledge and understanding of the societal factors which directly or indirectly contribute to sexual dysfunctions can help people to change or better react to these factors. The clinical sociologist as a sex educator can and should make a major contribution to the prevention and correction of sexual dysfunctions.

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