Sexual compulsion - Relationship with sex, attachment and sexual orientation

Aviv Weinstein, Lichen Katz, Hila Eberhardt, Koby Cohen, Michel Lejoyeux

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Abstract

Background and aims: Sexual addiction, also known as hypersexual disorder, is associated with serious psychosocial problems for many people. Methods: This study used questionnaires to investigate the effects of gender, sexual orientation and attachment (avoidance and anxiety) on sexual compulsion among 100 heterosexual and homosexual men and women. Results: Apositive correlation was found between anxious attachment and sexual compulsivity (r = 0.46; p < 0.01) and a positive correlation between avoidant attachment and sexual compulsivity (r = 0.39; p ≤ 0.01) in all participants. Secondly, an analysis of covariance showed a gender by sexual orientation interaction effect [F(1, 103) = 6.39, p < 0.01] but no attachment effect on sexual compulsivity. A follow-up comparison showed that lesbian women had higher rates of sexual compulsivity than heterosexual women [t(2, 50) = 5.08, p < 0.001] whereas there was non-significant difference in sexual compulsivity between homosexual and heterosexual men [t(2, 50) = 1.30, p = N.S.]. Discussion: The results provide preliminary evidence for an association between attachment and sexual compulsivity and the effects of gender and sexual orientation on sexual compulsivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Behavioral Addictions
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Homosexuality
  • Sex Differences
  • Sexual compulsivity

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