Sex and sexual problems are studied by psychologists. Psychologists and other clinicians focus on enhancing or restoring sexual functioning and pleasure. They have developed effective treatments for many common conditions: lack of desire, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and painful intercourse, for example. Later life sex and love in intimate relationships are also a focus of study.
Psychologists work to understand sex offenders and reduce the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising and the media. Special psychological resources are available for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology and the Sexualization of Girls Public Interest Directorate page.
Sexualization of Girls in the Media
Sexualization of Girls
Includes the "Girls Talk: Sexualization of Girls" video and additional publications and press releases related to the sexualization of girls in advertising and the media.
Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls
The APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls found that the proliferation of sexualized images of girls and young women in advertising, merchandising and media is harmful to girls' self-image and healthy development.
Sexting and sex go hand in hand for middle schoolers
June 30, 2014, U.S. News & World Report
Obsessing over your relationship may be bad for your sex life
June 20, 2014, Huffington Post
Mating rituals: Why certain risky behaviors can make you look hot
May 21, 2014, NPR
Monitor on Psychology Articles
New ‘Sexualization of Girls' video available
October 1, 2013
Sexual hook-up culture
February 1, 2013
Rape takes global toll on women's lives, study finds
January 1, 2013
December 1, 2012
Sex in long-term care
December 1, 2012
APA Offices and Programs
A collection of research studies with a real-world applications, designed to help better understand how to reduce high-risk sexual behavior in adolescents, as well as the debunking the myth that sexual orientation is linked to mental health problems.