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Prunas, A. Di Pierro, R. Bernorio, R. (2016). The relationship between personality organization and sexual life in a community sample of men. Psychoanal. Psychother., 30(4):345-358.
   

(2016). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 30(4):345-358

The relationship between personality organization and sexual life in a community sample of men

Antonio Prunas, Rossella Di Pierro and Roberto Bernorio

Contemporary object-relation theory of personality postulates that the level of severity of personality organization parallels the nature and extent of problems in the patient’s sexual life. The study aims at exploring the relationship between dimensions of Borderline Personality Organization (BPO) (as assessed according to Otto Kernberg’s model), sexual functioning, quality of sexual life and paraphilias in a community sample of men. One-hundred and thirty-six healthy men were asked to complete a set of questionnaires including the Inventory of Personality Organization (IPO), the International Index of Erectile Function, the Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire, and a checklist to assess the prevalence of paraphilias. High scores on IPO subscales were significantly associated with low overall satisfaction in sexual functioning, low quality of sexual life, and the presence of paraphilias. Results expand previous findings on the relationship between features of BPO and core components of sexual life and support the need for an assessment of personality functioning in subjects reporting sexual problems.

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