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Title: Psychotherapeutic interventions for sexual problems delivered via the Internet : effectiveness, acceptability and reach
Author: Hobbs, L. J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 9229
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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Background: There is a high prevalence of people with sexual difficulties and many do not seek help for them. Sexual difficulties can have a negative impact on sexual and psychological wellbeing and interpersonal relationships. Interactive Digital Interventions (IDIs) for sexual difficulties have the potential to provide a convenient, wide-reaching and costeffective alternative to face-to-face therapy, but research in this area is in its infancy. Currently little is known about their effectiveness, reach and acceptability. Aim: To investigate the use of the internet to deliver psychotherapeutic interventions for sexual difficulties, and determine their effectiveness, reach and acceptability. Methods 1. A systematic review of the effectiveness of IDIs for adults with sexual difficulties. 2. A secondary data analysis of the data from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles to investigate the potential reach of IDIs and explore the characteristics of people who seek help for their sex lives 3. A qualitative interview study to explore users' views of an IDI for sexual difficulties before and after using one. Results: IDIs can be effective for sexual difficulties, but the current evidence-base is small, and contains studies that are methodologically flawed, so more research is needed to be sure of these effects. With approximately 427,000-762,000 British people reportedly distressed about their sex lives and looking for information and support online, it appears that IDIs have considerable potential to reach their intended audience. The sextherapylondon website appeared to be acceptable to users as it met many of their wants and needs with regards to features, design, usability, user experience and perceived outcomes. Conclusion: Overall, this thesis suggests that IDIs could have a valuable place in providing an alternative help source for people with sexual difficulties, especially in the light of further cuts to sexual health services.
Supervisor: Murray, Elizabeth ; Bailey, Julia Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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