Predictors for (Problematic) Use of Internet Sexually Explicit Material: Role of Trait Sexual Motivation and Implicit Approach Tendencies Towards Sexually Explicit Material

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PUBLISHED

2017 in Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, Vol. 24(3), pp. 180-202

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found that trait sexual motivation and implicit approach tendencies towards sexual material are predictors of problematic use of sexually explicit material.
ABSTRACT
Problematic use of Internet sexually explicit material (SEM) is thought to be a possible precursor of a clinically relevant disorder labeled as hypersexuality, sexual compulsion, sexual impulse control disorder, or sexual addiction. Knowledge about possible risk factors for developing a problematic Internet SEM use is scarce. The present study investigated whether trait sexual motivation and implicit approach tendencies towards sexual material are predictors of problematic SEM use and of the daily time spent watching SEM.... READ FULL ABSTRACT
EXCERPTS
  • More clinically interesting than the prediction of the daily time spent on watching SEM is the prediction of problematic Internet SEM use because this might be a precursor of clinically relevant disorders labeled as hypersexuality disorder or compulsive sexual behavior disorder, or sex addiction As expected, a greater trait sexual motivation was associated with higher problematic Internet SEM use indicating that trait sexual motivation might be a vulnerability factor for hypersexuality. Altered appetetive conditioning and neural connectivity in subjects with compulsive sexual behavior. The highly significant correlation between daily time spent on watching SEM and the problematic Internet SEM use makes clear that problems with controlling this behavior go along with high rates of SEM consumption."
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