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Masculinity and Sexuality

Selected Topics in the Psychology of Men

Edited by Richard C. Friedman, M.D., and Jennifer I. Downey, M.D.
Series Editors: John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., and Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

  • 1999
  • 172 Pages
  • ISBN 978-0-88048-962-1
  • Item #8962

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Masculinity and Sexuality: Selected Topics in the Psychology of Men sheds light on clinical issues important in the treatment of all male patients. Sexual experiences and related attitudes of patients and therapists influence symptoms, treatment, and outcome across diverse diagnostic categories.

Chapters cover clinical issues related to

  • Men's sexual thoughts, impulses, and desires and the way they are organized into erotic fantasies including the differences that exist in the way men and women experience sexual fantasy
  • Heterosexuality as part of a developmental phase that includes the capacity for intimacy and love
  • Erectile dysfunction including a paradigm for integrating the biological and psychological factors that together influence male sexual dysfunction
  • The role of fatherhood in psychological development during adulthood
  • The casualties of recovered memory therapy—the victimization of fathers by children who make false allegations of sexual abuse


  • Foreword. Sexual fantasy and behavior: selected clinical issues. Male heterosexuality. Evaluation and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Fatherhood as a transformation of the self: steps toward a new psychology of men. Casualties of recovered memory therapy: the impact of false allegations of incest on accused fathers. Afterword. Index.

About the Authors

Richard C. Friedman, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell University School of Medicine and Lecturer at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.

Jennifer I. Downey, M.D., is Associate Clinical Professor Psychiatry, and Director of Psych-oncology at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.

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