Psychogenic impotence: Is it possible to differentiate it from organic impotence with personality, psychopathological and defensive indexes?

A. Orlandinim, P. Rizzi, A. Fossati, M. A. Parlangeli, F. Montorsi, G. Guazzoni, L. Ferini-Strambi, C. Maffei

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Abstract

In this study, the authors compared 2 samples of patients suffering from organic (N.29) and psychogenic (N.52) erectile dysfunction, with the aim of identifying psychological dimensions which could differentiate between the two samples and adequate psychometric instruments to measure them. The following evaluation scales were used: Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire- Revised (PDQ-R), Symptom Check List 90 (SCL-90) and Defense Style Questionnaire-Short Form (DSQ-SF) in order to assess personality traits, psychiatric symptoms and defensive styles, respectively. PDQ-R, SCL-90 and DSQ-SF were found to be inadequate to differentiate between the two samples of psychogenically and organically impotent patients. Moving from this negative result the authors formulate some hypothesis on the possibility and the opportunity of research on this direction, and on the possible meaning of psychogenic impotence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalSexuality and Disability
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)
  • Rehabilitation

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