Sex addiction in Turkey: a large-scale survey with a national community sample

Kircaburun, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-8678-9078, Ünübol, H., Sayar, G.H., Çarkçı, J. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2023. Sex addiction in Turkey: a large-scale survey with a national community sample. Current Psychology, 42 (4), pp. 2947-2955. ISSN 1046-1310

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Prior studies on sex addiction have mostly relied on a narrow range of risk factors among small and heterogeneous samples. The purpose of the present study was to examine the psychological markers related to sex addiction in a large-scale community sample of Turkish adults. A total of 24,380 individuals completed a survey comprising the Sex Addiction Risk Questionnaire, the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, the Personal-Wellbeing Index Adult Form, the Toronto Alexithymia Scale, and the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (50% males; mean age = 31.79 years; age range = 18 to 81 years). Utilizing hierarchical regression analysis, sex addiction was associated with being male, being younger, having a lower education level, being single, being an alcohol and nicotine user, psychiatric distress, low personal wellbeing, positive and negative affect, alexithymia, and anxious attachment. This study suggests that socio-demographic factors and aforementioned detrimental psychological factors exacerbate higher engagement in addictive sexual behaviors among the Turkish community. However, more studies are needed to better understand the factors associated with sex addiction in Turkey.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Psychology
Creators: Kircaburun, K., Ünübol, H., Sayar, G.H., Çarkçı, J. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Date: February 2023
Volume: 42
Number: 4
ISSN: 1046-1310
Rights: © The Author(s) 2021
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Date Added: 26 Mar 2021 14:50
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 08:29

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