Adults report distress associated with difficulty controlling sexual feelings, behavior

November 09, 2018

BottomLine: About 10 percent of men and 7 percent of women reported significant levels of distress and social impairment associated with difficulty controlling their sexual feelings, urges and behaviors.

Why The Research Is Interesting: Compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) is a persistent pattern of failure in controlling intense sexual urges that can result in distress and social impairment. Assessing how common such distress and social impairment are can help to provide the closest estimate of CSBD in the population considering a lack of previous studies and debate around specific symptom presentation and definitions with regard to hypersexuality.

Who and When: 2,325 adults between 18 and 50 who participated in the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior and who were randomly sampled nationwide in November 2016

What (Study Measures and Outcomes): Distress and impairment associated with difficulty controlling sexual feelings, urges and behaviors as measured by a screening tool

How (Study Design): This was a survey study.
Authors: Janna A. Dickenson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and coauthors

Results: Of the 2,325 adults, 201 (8.6 percent overall or 10.3 percent of men and 7 percent of women) met the criteria for clinically relevant levels of distress, impairment or both associated with difficulty controlling their sexual feelings, urges and behaviors.

Study Limitations: The behavior screening tool may not always be accurate and the survey didn't assess additional causes of distress about participants' sexual behavior.

To Learn More: The full study is available on the For The Media website.


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