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Diabetes, Sexuality, and Family Functioning
Gretchen Stein Schmitt and Gerhard Neubeck
Vol. 34, No. 1, The Family and Health Care (Jan., 1985), pp. 109-113
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583763
Page Count: 5
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The investigators of this project studied the effects of sexual functioning problems on the marital relationships of diabetic men. Seventy-seven usable questionnaires were obtained from a group of male patients diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus at the University of Minnesota Mayo Memorial Hospital. A key factor found for couples dealing with the effects of diabetes on the marital relationship is an understanding of the physiologic linkage between diabetes and erectile difficulties. When couples are not aware of this linkage, they exhibit behaviors destructive to the marriage as they struggle to understand their sexual difficulties. On the other hand, with an adequate understanding of this linkage, couples view their sexual difficulties as another side effect of diabetes mellitus and adjust. This report also includes suggestions for marriage and family counselors and educators, as well as other health care professionals, to work in concert with diabetic clients and their families to promote healthy family functioning.
Family Relations © 1985 National Council on Family Relations