Revisiting the role of impulsivity and compulsivity in problematic sexual behaviors

Bőthe, B., Tóth-Király, I., Potenza, M.N., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, Orosz, G. and Demetrovics, Z., 2019. Revisiting the role of impulsivity and compulsivity in problematic sexual behaviors. The Journal of Sex Research, 56 (2), pp. 166-179. ISSN 0022-4499

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Abstract

Impulsivity and compulsivity are transdiagnostic features associated with clinically relevant aspects of psychiatric disorders, including addictions. However, little research has investigated how impulsivity and compulsivity relate to hypersexuality and problematic pornography use. Thus, the aims of the present study were to investigate (a) self-reported impulsivity and compulsivity with respect to hypersexuality and problematic pornography use and (b) the similarities and possible differences between hypersexuality and problematic pornography use in these domains. Utilizing structural equation modeling (SEM) in a large community sample (N = 13,778 participants; female = 4,151, 30.1%), results indicated that impulsivity (β = .28, β = .26) and compulsivity (β = .23, β = .14) were weakly related to problematic pornography use among men and women, respectively. Impulsivity had a stronger relationship (β = .41, β = .42) with hypersexuality than did compulsivity (β = .21, β = .16) among men and women, respectively. Consequently, impulsivity and compulsivity may not contribute as substantially to problematic pornography use as some scholars have proposed. On the other hand, impulsivity might have a more prominent role in hypersexuality than in problematic pornography use. Future research should examine further social and situational factors associated with problematic pornography use.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Personality behind porn use and hypersexuality
Publication Title: The Journal of Sex Research
Creators: Bőthe, B., Tóth-Király, I., Potenza, M.N., Griffiths, M.D., Orosz, G. and Demetrovics, Z.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2019
Volume: 56
Number: 2
ISSN: 0022-4499
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/00224499.2018.1480744DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 Jun 2018 08:17
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 13:26
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33852

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