-Background chapters outline the often-conflicting factors influencing womens sexuality and sexual response, both biological (e.g., hormones, pregnancy) and sociocultural (e.g., media images, double standards)
-"The Woman in Context" section explores individual characteristics and symptoms as manifested in relationships, particularly as terms of interpersonal styles and power dynamics
-Case histories and vignettes, from a wide range of women, illustrate different aspects of desire, desire disorders, and treatment options
-Current theories and therapies relevant to problems of desire are covered in depth
-An effective cognitive-behavioral model is applied in solo, couples, group, and single-sided relationship therapy settings
Its specialized focus makes Facing the Complexities of Womens Sexual Desire an important addition to the bookshelf of sex and marriage therapists, clinical and womens health psychologists, and students planning to enter these areas. And Maass has kept the book free of jargon so the non-professional reader, too, can make the most of her advice.
Background and Explanations.- Influences on Women's Sexual Experiences.- Desire-Phase Problems and the Search for Explanations.- Bio-Ethological and Social-Psychological Explanations.- The Women in Context.- Searching for Sexual Identity.- Symptom Manifestation Within Relationships.- Women's Relationships to Power.- Intra-Personal Considerations Relevant to Sex Therapy.- Toward Resolution.- Developments in Sexology and Sex Therapy.- Cognitive Behavioral Factors Relevant to Treatment.- A Practical Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Approach.- Learning From the Past-Thoughts for the Future.
Vera Sonja Maass is a psychologist in private practice as well as a consulting psychologist to the Grey Clinic, Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is certified in marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling.
From the reviews: "Something of riveting interest in almost every chapter.... vignettes well done and often poignant.... analysis clear and immediately accessible.... a lovely offering." Edward Shorter, Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Canada "I need to know more about the biology of sex, especially in women, and it was that part of Facing the Complexities of Women's Sexual Desire that I found most useful. ... The essence of the book is many brief descriptions of important issues, along with some longer discussions as well. The brief descriptions make this a very readable book ... . Overall, this is a terrific book that is sure to tell the reader new things about women's sexuality." (Russell Eisenman, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 52 (39), 2007)