Delayed Ejaculation (DE) is probably the least studied and understood of the male sexual dysfunctions (MSD). There is still little unanimity concerning its psychological/interpersonal aetiology. Previous studies found that MSD are strongly related with alexithymia, a multifaceted personality construct that describes a disturbance in the regulation of emotions.The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of alexithymia in men with DE and correlate alexithymia levels with DE severity. According to specific features of the symptoms, we hypothesized that alexithymia would not be correlated with this specific sexual disorder. 54 outpatients with a diagnosis of DE assessed at the Institute of Clinical Sexology and the Urology Department of Sapienza, University in Rome were enrolled in the study. DE was diagnosed after a specialist examination and according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders -IV-TR criteria. Participants were provided with the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (20 items; TAS-20), a self-measure of the Intravaginal Ejaculation Latency Time and an ad hoc questionnaire to collect anamnestic data. 9.3% of patients could be categorized as alexithymics, 9.3% of them as borderline, while 81.4% of the sample was found to be non-alexithymic. The overall average TAS-20 score was 45.46. Results show that alexithymia is correlated neither with the presence of DE nor with its severity, in contrast to other MSDs, where this condition was found in about 30% of patients. The data presented suggest that DE, although not correlated to alexithymia, is probably related to other psychogenic features such as hypercontrol configuration. This paper can contribute to the understanding of DE, by excluding one of the possible etiological factors, previously found to be important in the onset and the maintenance of the other MSDs. More studies are needed in order to better understand DE and provide recommendations about treatment.
Delayed ejaculation and alexithymia: what is the relationship? / Michetti, Paolo Maria; Eleuteri, Stefano; Marta, Giuliani; Rossi, Roberta; Simonelli, Chiara. - In: F1000RESEARCH. - ISSN 2046-1402. - ELETTRONICO. - 2(2013), pp. 81-88. [10.12688/f1000research.2-81.v2]
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|Titolo:||Delayed ejaculation and alexithymia: what is the relationship?|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Citazione:||Delayed ejaculation and alexithymia: what is the relationship? / Michetti, Paolo Maria; Eleuteri, Stefano; Marta, Giuliani; Rossi, Roberta; Simonelli, Chiara. - In: F1000RESEARCH. - ISSN 2046-1402. - ELETTRONICO. - 2(2013), pp. 81-88. [10.12688/f1000research.2-81.v2]|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|