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Male psychosexual therapy in the UK military
  1. Clair Clifford1,2 and
  2. M McCauley2,3
  1. 1 Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
  2. 2 Defence Clinical Psychology Service, UK Ministry of Defence, Lichfield, UK
  3. 3 Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Clair Clifford, Centre for Innovative Research Across the Life Course, Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK; clifford.clair564{at}


Military personnel can experience psychosexual difficulties for a variety of reasons. Problems can arise because of psychological trauma, physical injury, consequences arising from pharmacological and surgical complications and social or emotional concerns relating to intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship dynamics. Such individuals might seek to minimise or avoid resolving their pertinent difficulties, while others can experience cultural, personal or organisational barriers to accessing professional help. This paper offers an overview of the development of a national specialist psychosexual therapy service (PST), commenting specifically on the service delivery for male military personnel. It will also consider factors which may support progress in treatment and reflect upon the importance of considering psychosexual functioning in relationships as part of the broader service-life context, which is especially relevant to military personnel.

  • psychology
  • military
  • health
  • psychosexual
  • genital trauma
  • mental health

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  • Contributors The subject of the paper was provided by CC, and MM provided additional advice to focus on males, formatting and restructuring advice. CC will act as guarantor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Disclaimer The corresponding author attests that all listed authors meet authorship criteria and that no others meeting the criteria have been omitted.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.