Understanding the role of shame and its consequences in female hypersexual behaviours: A pilot study

Dhuffar, M.K. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2014. Understanding the role of shame and its consequences in female hypersexual behaviours: A pilot study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 3 (4), pp. 231-237. ISSN 2062-5871

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Background and aims:
Hypersexuality and sexual addiction among females is a little understudied phenomenon. Shame is thought to be intrinsic to hypersexual behaviours, especially in women. Therefore, the aim of this study was to understand both hypersexual behaviours and consequences of hypersexual behaviours and their respective contributions to shame in a British sample of females (n = 102).
Data were collected online via Survey Monkey.
Results showed the Sexual Behaviour History (SBH) and the Hypersexual Disorder Questionnaire (HDQ) had significant positive correlation with scores on the Shame Inventory. The results indicated that hypersexual behaviours (HBI and HDQ) were able to predict a small percentage of the variability in shame once sexual orientation (heterosexual vs. non-heterosexual) and religious beliefs (belief vs. no belief) were controlled for. Results also showed there was no evidence that religious affiliation and/or religious beliefs had an influence on the levels of hypersexuality and consequences of sexual behaviours as predictors of shame.
While women in the UK are rapidly shifting to a feminist way of thinking with or without technology, hypersexual disorder may often be misdiagnosed and misunderstood because of the lack of understanding and how it is conceptualised. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Creators: Dhuffar, M.K. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó
Date: 2014
Volume: 3
Number: 4
ISSN: 2062-5871
Rights: © 2014 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 07 Dec 2015 14:48
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:58
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26615

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