Revisiting the Role of Impulsivity and Compulsivity in Problematic Sexual Behaviors

Beáta Bőthe, István Tóth-Király, Marc N. Potenza, Mark D. Griffiths, Gábor Orosz, Z. Demetrovics

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Abstract

Impulsivity and compulsivity are transdiagnostic features associated with clinically relevant aspects of psychiatric disorders, including addictions. However, little research has investigated how impulsivity and compulsivity relate to hypersexuality and problematic pornography use. Thus, the aims of the present study were to investigate (a) self-reported impulsivity and compulsivity with respect to hypersexuality and problematic pornography use and (b) the similarities and possible differences between hypersexuality and problematic pornography use in these domains. Utilizing structural equation modeling (SEM) in a large community sample (N = 13,778 participants; female = 4,151, 30.1%), results indicated that impulsivity (β = .28, β = .26) and compulsivity (β = .23, β = .14) were weakly related to problematic pornography use among men and women, respectively. Impulsivity had a stronger relationship (β = .41, β = .42) with hypersexuality than did compulsivity (β = .21, β = .16) among men and women, respectively. Consequently, impulsivity and compulsivity may not contribute as substantially to problematic pornography use as some scholars have proposed. On the other hand, impulsivity might have a more prominent role in hypersexuality than in problematic pornography use. Future research should examine further social and situational factors associated with problematic pornography use.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sex Research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 18 2018

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  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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Revisiting the Role of Impulsivity and Compulsivity in Problematic Sexual Behaviors. / Bőthe, Beáta; Tóth-Király, István; Potenza, Marc N.; Griffiths, Mark D.; Orosz, Gábor; Demetrovics, Z.

In: Journal of Sex Research, 18.06.2018, p. 1-14.

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Bőthe, Beáta ; Tóth-Király, István ; Potenza, Marc N. ; Griffiths, Mark D. ; Orosz, Gábor ; Demetrovics, Z. / Revisiting the Role of Impulsivity and Compulsivity in Problematic Sexual Behaviors. In: Journal of Sex Research. 2018 ; pp. 1-14.
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