The role of childhood experiences in the development of sexual compulsivity

Wood, Heather, McPherson, Susan, Clayton, Sarah, Hiskey, Syd and Andrews, Leanne (2013) The role of childhood experiences in the development of sexual compulsivity. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 20 (4). pp. 259-278. ISSN 1072-0162

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There is a lack of evidence regarding the nature of the relationship between childhood trauma and sexual compulsivity in adulthood. Participants (n = 348) were users of support websites relating to drug, alcohol, gambling, and sexual addictions who completed an online survey including addiction questionnaires, the Sexual Compulsivity Scale, and the Early Trauma Inventory (Short Form). Multiple regression modeling indicated that gender, sexual orientation, childhood emotional abuse, childhood exposure to pornography, and parental sex addiction were associated with sexual compulsivity in adulthood (R2= 0.23). Childhood sexual or physical abuse and addictions to other behaviors (alcohol, drugs, gambling) were not associated with adult sexual compulsivity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 22 Nov 2013
Subjects: Human Psychological Processes > Early Experiences
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Sex Psychology > Sex Behaviour
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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