Hypersexuality, gender, and sexual orientation: a largescale psychometric survey study

Bőthe, B., Bartók, R., Tóth-Király, I., Reid, R.C., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Demetrovics, Z. and Orosz, G., 2018. Hypersexuality, gender, and sexual orientation: a largescale psychometric survey study. Archives of Sexual Behavior. ISSN 0004-0002

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Abstract

Criteria for Hypersexual Disorder (HD) were proposed for consideration in the DSM-5 but ultimately excluded for a variety of reasons. Regardless, research continues to investigate hypersexual behavior (HB). The Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI) is one of the most robust scales assessing HB, but further examination is needed to explore its psychometric properties among different groups. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to examine the generalizability of the HBI in a large, diverse, nonclinical sample (N = 18,034 participants; females = 6132; 34.0%; Mage = 33.6 years, SDage = 11.1) across both gender and sexual orientation. Measurement invariance testing was carried out to ensure gender- and sexual-orintation based comparisons were meaningful. Results demonstrated when both gender and sexual-orientation were considered (i.e., heterosexual males vs. LGBTQ males vs. heterosexual females vs. LGBTQ females), LGBTQ males had significantly higher latent means on the HBI factors. Results also demonstrated LGBTQ males had the highest scores on other possible indicators of hypersexuality (e.g., frequency of masturbation, number of sexual partners, or frequency of pornography viewing). These findings suggest LGBTQ males may be a group most at risk of engaging in hypersexual behavior and LGBTQ females are at a higher risk of engaging in hypersexual activities due to coping problems. Given the largescale nature of the study, the findings significantly contribute to the currently growing body of literature on hypersexuality.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Archives of Sexual Behavior
Creators: Bőthe, B., Bartók, R., Tóth-Király, I., Reid, R.C., Griffiths, M.D., Demetrovics, Z. and Orosz, G.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 20 June 2018
ISSN: 0004-0002
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10.1007/s10508-018-1201-zDOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 May 2018 13:39
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2018 11:43
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33591

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