Understanding 'sexual addiction' in clinical practice

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Understanding of 'sexually addictive' behavior is investigated though focus-groups, questionnaires and interviews with 30 self identified 'sexual addicts' and 30 treatment providers who work with this issue in clinical practice. Data are being analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, (IPA). Initial results indicate that while 'sexual addiction' is similar in many respects to other addictions, it is also distinctively different too. Frequently connected to childhood trauma and a fear of intimacy, it requires specialist treatment which remains limited. Participants identify additional issues requiring specific attention including: clinical definitions, treatment, professional training and ethical boundaries. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.




Hughes, B. (2010). Understanding “sexual addiction” in clinical practice. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 5, pp. 915–919). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.07.210

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