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Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Phenomenology and Epidemiology

Liana R. N. Schreiber, Brian L. Odlaug and Jon E. Grant

in The Oxford Handbook of Impulse Control Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195389715
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195389715.013.0063

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Compulsive Sexual Behavior: Phenomenology and Epidemiology

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Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB), a relatively common disorder, is characterized by having sexually related thoughts, urges, and behaviors that cause significant psychosocial distress and functional impairment. This chapter describes the phenomenology and etiology of CSB. Gender, age, and ethnic/cultural influences on CSB are discussed, as well as comorbidity issues and the relationship between CSB and Parkinson’s disease. Addiction and obsessive-compulsive spectrum theoretical models of CSB are also summarized. Finally, the chapter provides future directions for clinicians and research to pursue.

Keywords: compulsive sexual behavior; phenomenology; epidemiology; comorobity; theoretical models

Article.  7948 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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