Validation and psychometric evaluation of the Italian version of the Bergen–Yale Sex Addiction Scale

Soraci, P., Melchiori, F.M., Del Fante, E., Melchiori, R., Guaitoli, E., Lagattolla, F., Parente, G., Bonanno, E., Norbiato, L., Cimaglia, R., Campedelli, L., Abbiati, F.A., Ferrari, A. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2021. Validation and psychometric evaluation of the Italian version of the Bergen–Yale Sex Addiction Scale. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Excessive problematic sexual behavior in the form of compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD), hypersexuality (HS), and sex addiction has gained increasing credibility in recent years and has led to the development of various psychometric instruments to assess such behavior. However, there is still considerable controversy over the operational definition of such concepts and whether they can be used interchangeably to describe the behavior. One recently developed tool is the Bergen–Yale Sex Addiction Scale (BYSAS) based on the “components model of addiction.” The present study validated the Italian version of the BYSAS. The BYSAS was administered to a large Italian-speaking sample of Italian adults [N = 1230, aged 18 to 67 years] along with psychometric instruments assessing the “Big Five” personality traits, self-esteem, depression, and two other measures of addictive sexual behavior (i.e., PATHOS and Shorter PROMIS Questionnaire–Sex Subscale). Confirmatory factorial analysis supported a one-factor solution. Furthermore, the scale had good internal consistency (Cronbach’s α = 0.787). The BYSAS was positively associated with extroversion, openness to experience, depression, and problematic sexual behavior, and negatively associated with self-esteem, conscientiousness, emotional stability, agreeableness, and age. Based on the findings, the BYSAS is a brief, psychometrically reliable and valid measure for assessing sex addiction among Italian adults.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Soraci, P., Melchiori, F.M., Del Fante, E., Melchiori, R., Guaitoli, E., Lagattolla, F., Parente, G., Bonanno, E., Norbiato, L., Cimaglia, R., Campedelli, L., Abbiati, F.A., Ferrari, A. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: 9 August 2021
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-021-00597-wDOI
1456533Other
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Aug 2021 10:16
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2021 10:16
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43869

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