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Ch 17: Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

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Watch online video lessons to learn about the causes and symptoms of a wide range of sexual and gender identity disorders. Each lesson is accompanied by a short multiple-choice quiz you can use to check your understanding of these psychology topics.

Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Sexual and gender identity disorders are considered a part of abnormal psychology. Disorders where individuals may identify themselves as the opposite gender make up part of this field. For example, a person may feel as if she is really male even though, biologically, she is female. This fields also includes sexual function disorders, such as having a sexual attraction to an inanimate object. This is an interesting field of study because some disorders are being looked at in new ways. There are ongoing discussions to declassify some of these disorders. On the flip side, though, some of these disorders, such as pedophilia, are actually criminal and must be treated to protect others. Some of the specific things covered in this chapter include:

  • Views on sexual dysfunction
  • Desire disorders
  • Sex therapy
  • Paraphilia
  • Voyeurism

VideoObjective
What Is a Sexual Dysfunction? - Definition, Phases & Types Explore the phases and types of sexual dysfunction.
Historical Perspectives of Sexual Dysfunctions Discover the current and historical views of sexual dysfunction, including current and former movements to declassify certain disorders.
Desire Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment Take a look at what causes desire disorders and how they are treated.
Disorders of Excitement: Definition, Causes & Treatment Find out about the causes of disorders of excitement and how they are treated.
What are Orgasm Disorders? -Definition, Causes & Treatment Learn about the treatment for orgasm disorders and what causes them.
Sexual Pain Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment Explore the causes and treatment options for sexual pain disorders.
What Is Sex Therapy? - Definition and Features Study what sex therapy is all about.
Paraphilia: Definition and Symptoms Displayed in Fetishism, Transvestism &Exhibitionism Paraphilias Examine paraphilia, including fetishism, tranvestism and exhibitionism.
Characteristics of Voyeurism, Frotteurism & Pedophilia Analyze the characteristics of these disorders.
Sexual Masochism & Sexual Sadism: The Characteristics of Paraphilias Derived From Pain Find out what role pain plays in these disorders.
Gender Identity Disorder: Definition and Social Perception of Gender Dysphoria Take a look at gender dysphoria.
Explaining and Treating Gender Identity Disorder Explore various theories behind and treatment options for this disorder.

12 Lessons in Chapter 17: Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
What Is a Sexual Dysfunction? - Definition, Phases & Types

1. What Is a Sexual Dysfunction? - Definition, Phases & Types

What happens when an otherwise healthy adult can't enjoy sex? In this lesson, we'll look at the four phases of sexual activity and sexual dysfunctions that can occur in each phase. In addition, we'll look at some common causes of sexual dysfunction.

Historical Perspectives of Sexual Dysfunctions

2. Historical Perspectives of Sexual Dysfunctions

When otherwise healthy adults can't enjoy sex, they are suffering from a sexual dysfunction. Throughout history, there have been many different views of the types and causes of sexual dysfunction. In this lesson, we'll explore historical perspectives of sexual problems.

Desire Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment

3. Desire Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Desire is a normal part of adult relationships. But what happens when someone loses all desire? In this lesson, we'll examine hypoactive sexual desire disorder, its symptoms, causes, and treatment.

Disorders of Excitement: Definition, Causes & Treatment

4. Disorders of Excitement: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Sex is a normal part of adult life, but what happens when someone is not able to be physically aroused? In this lesson, we'll look closer at different types of excitement disorders, as well as their causes and treatments.

What Are Orgasm Disorders? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

5. What Are Orgasm Disorders? - Definition, Causes & Treatment

Some people aren't able to reach orgasm, or they reach orgasm too quickly. What causes these things, and how are they treated? In this lesson, we'll look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment of orgasm disorders.

Sexual Pain Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment

6. Sexual Pain Disorders: Definition, Causes & Treatment

Most healthy adults enjoy sex, but sometimes people experience pain during sex. In this lesson, we'll look closer at sexual pain disorders, their causes and their treatments.

What Is Sex Therapy? - Definition and Features

7. What Is Sex Therapy? - Definition and Features

Sex is a normal part of adult life, but sometimes people have issues with sex. Where can people turn when they have sexual dysfunction? In this lesson, we'll examine what sex therapy is and how sex therapists help patients with sexual dysfunctions.

Paraphilia: Definition and Symptoms Displayed in Fetishism, Transvestism & Exhibitionism Paraphilias

8. Paraphilia: Definition and Symptoms Displayed in Fetishism, Transvestism & Exhibitionism Paraphilias

Sexual urges and fantasies are part of the lives of most healthy adults. But, what happens when the urges and fantasies center on a specific object or scenario and cause distress or impairment? In this lesson, we will look at several paraphilias and how they are treated.

Characteristics of Voyeurism, Frotteurism & Pedophilia

9. Characteristics of Voyeurism, Frotteurism & Pedophilia

What happens when someone becomes a peeping Tom? How do you treat people who feel the urge to rub up against nonconsenting people? And how do you treat someone who is attracted to young children? In this lesson we'll explore voyeurism, frotteurism, and pedophilia.

Sexual Masochism & Sexual Sadism: The Characteristics of Paraphilias Derived From Pain

10. Sexual Masochism & Sexual Sadism: The Characteristics of Paraphilias Derived From Pain

Sex is a part of healthy adult relationships. But, what happens when one partner craves pain as well as pleasure? In this lesson, we'll look at sexual masochism and sexual sadism, as well as the non-clinical term sadomasochism.

Gender Identity Disorder: Definition and Social Perception of Gender Dysphoria

11. Gender Identity Disorder: Definition and Social Perception of Gender Dysphoria

What happens when someone is born a woman but feels like they should be a man? In this lesson, we'll look closer at gender identity disorder, its symptoms, and changing views on it as a mental disorder.

Explaining and Treating Gender Identity Disorder

12. Explaining and Treating Gender Identity Disorder

What causes someone to be transgender? In this lesson, we'll look at the psychological and biological causes of gender identity disorder as well as common treatments for the disorder.

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