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Diabetes, Sexuality, and Family Functioning

Gretchen Stein Schmitt and Gerhard Neubeck
Family Relations
Vol. 34, No. 1, The Family and Health Care (Jan., 1985), pp. 109-113
DOI: 10.2307/583763
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583763
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Diabetes, Sexuality, and Family Functioning
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Abstract

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.

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