Psychology of Sexual Health Working Group
Institute of Sexology, 1. st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Czech Republic Laboratory of Evolutionary Sexology, National Institute of Mental Health, Czech Republic
Working group members:
Sexual health is an integral part of general well-being. Research in this field focuses on physical, emotional, cognitive as well as socio-cultural components of reproductive and sexual functioning. The interdisciplinary nature of the field requires the use of a wide range of methods from many scientific disciplines (sexology, psychology, sociology, neuroscience and anthropology). Basic research of human sexuality provides evidence-based approaches to sexual variability across various human populations, tests the nature and prevalence of minority sexual strategies and explores cognitive, developmental and neuropsychological mechanisms of sexuality-related processes. The purpose of this working group is to offer recent state-of-the-art research in the field of psychosexuality, including the research of sexual behaviour in different countries and cultural surroundings, research of sexual orientation, basic research of sexuality related mechanisms including experimental studies of human sexual response and mating behaviour. The other important part is basic and applied research of sexual dysfunctions, unusual sexual interests and sexual and reproductive issues connected with the disruption of sexual functioning in the context of illness of body or mind. In this context, new approaches to sexual treatment and assessment will be presented.