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Role of Childhood Experiences in the Development of Sexual Compulsivity

NCJ Number
244644
Journal
Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Volume: 20 Issue: 4 Dated: October-December 2013 Pages: 259-278
Author(s)
Susan McPherson; Sarah Clayton; Heather Wood; Syd Hiskey; Leanne Andrews
Date Published
December 2013
Length
20 pages
Annotation
This article discusses the nature of the relationship between childhood trauma and sexual compulsivity in adulthood.
Abstract
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 Web sites 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. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.