Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Yale–Brown Obsessive–Compulsive Scale in a Sample of Compulsive Pornography Users


Kraus, Shane W.; Potenza, Marc N.; Martino, Steve; and Grant, Jon E.


2015 in Comprehensive Psychiatry, Vol. 59, pp. 117-122

  • This study found that depression and anxiety was significantly higher among compulsive pornography users.
Objective: The current study evaluated several psychometric properties of the Yale–Brown Obsessive–Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) (Goodman et al., 1989 [1]) adapted for compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) in a sample of 103 men seeking treatment at a private and a public university clinic in the United States. Method: Measures of mental health functioning were collected from patients on two separate appointments: the initial screening and the follow-up appointment. Results: All patients reported using pornography compulsively,... READ FULL ABSTRACT
  • "In line with other studies, compulsive use of pornography and engaging in anonymous sex have both been documented among men reporting difficulty managing their sexual behavior. Similar to other studies frequent co-occurring mood (71%), anxiety (40%), substance-use (41%), and impulse-control disorders such as pathological gambling (24%) were observed in the current sample of sexually compulsive men."
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