Sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction of partners of breast cancer survivors who receive internet-based sex therapy

Susanna B. Hummel, Jacques J.D.M. van Lankveld, Hester S. A. Oldenburg, Daniela E. E. Hahn, Jacobien M. Kieffer, Miranda A. Gerritsma, Marianne A. Kuenen, Nina Bijker, Paul J. Borgstein, Gijsbert Heuff, Alexander M. F. Lopes Cardozo, Peter W. Plaisier, Herman Rijna, Suzan van der Meij, Eric J. van Dulken, Bart C. Vrouenraets, Eva Broomans, Neil K. Aaronson*

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Abstract

As part of a larger, randomized controlled trial, we evaluated longitudinally the sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction of 69 partners of breast cancer (BC) survivors who received Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for sexual dysfunction. The findings suggest that Internetbased CBT positively affects the partners’ immediate post-CBT and longerterm overall sexual satisfaction, sexual intimacy, and sexual relationship satisfaction. No sustained changes in other areas of sexual functioning were observed. Our CBT program was focused primarily on the sexual health of the BC survivors. We recommend that future programs include more psychoeducational and behavioral elements targeted at the partners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2019

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Randomized Controlled Trials

Keywords

  • Sexual Functioning
  • Internet-Based Sex Therapy
  • Relationship Satisfaction
  • Partners
  • Breast Cancer Survivors

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Hummel, Susanna B. ; van Lankveld, Jacques J.D.M. ; Oldenburg, Hester S. A. ; Hahn, Daniela E. E. ; Kieffer, Jacobien M. ; Gerritsma, Miranda A. ; Kuenen, Marianne A. ; Bijker, Nina ; Borgstein, Paul J. ; Heuff, Gijsbert ; Cardozo, Alexander M. F. Lopes ; Plaisier, Peter W. ; Rijna, Herman ; van der Meij, Suzan ; van Dulken, Eric J. ; Vrouenraets, Bart C. ; Broomans, Eva ; Aaronson, Neil K. / Sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction of partners of breast cancer survivors who receive internet-based sex therapy. In: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 2019 ; Vol. 45, No. 2. pp. 91-102.
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Sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction of partners of breast cancer survivors who receive internet-based sex therapy. / Hummel, Susanna B.; van Lankveld, Jacques J.D.M.; Oldenburg, Hester S. A.; Hahn, Daniela E. E.; Kieffer, Jacobien M.; Gerritsma, Miranda A.; Kuenen, Marianne A.; Bijker, Nina; Borgstein, Paul J.; Heuff, Gijsbert; Cardozo, Alexander M. F. Lopes; Plaisier, Peter W.; Rijna, Herman; van der Meij, Suzan; van Dulken, Eric J.; Vrouenraets, Bart C.; Broomans, Eva; Aaronson, Neil K.

In: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Vol. 45, No. 2, 17.02.2019, p. 91-102.

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