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J Behav Addict. 2016 Jun;5(2):169-78. doi: 10.1556/2006.5.2016.036. Epub 2016 Jun 27.

Clinical Characteristics of Men Interested in Seeking Treatment for Use of Pornography.

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1
Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University , Bowling Green, OH, USA.
2
VISN 1 New England MIRECC, VA Connecticut Healthcare System , West Haven, CT, USA.
3
Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine , New Haven, CT, USA.
4
Department of Neurobiology, Child Study Center, CASAColumbia and Connecticut Mental Health Center, Yale University School of Medicine , New Haven, CT, USA.

Abstract

Background and aims This study examined the prevalence of, and factors associated with, men's interest in seeking treatment for use of pornography. Methods Using an Internet-based data-collection procedure, we recruited 1,298 male pornography users to complete questionnaires assessing demographic and sexual behaviors, hypersexuality, pornography-use characteristics, and current interest in seeking treatment for use of pornography. Results Approximately 14% of men reported an interest in seeking treatment for use of pornography, whereas only 6.4% of men had previously sought treatment for use of pornography. Treatment-interested men were 9.5 times more likely to report clinically significant levels of hypersexuality compared with treatment-disinterested men (OR = 9.52, 95% CI = 6.72-13.49). Bivariate analyses indicated that interest-in-seeking-treatment status was associated with being single/unmarried, viewing more pornography per week, engaging in more solitary masturbation in the past month, having had less dyadic oral sex in the past month, reporting a history of seeking treatment for use of pornography, and having had more past attempts to either "cut back" or quit using pornography completely. Results from a binary logistic regression analysis indicated that more frequent cut back/quit attempts with pornography and scores on the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory - Control subscale were significant predictors of interest-in-seeking-treatment status. Discussion and conclusions Study findings could be used to inform current screening practices aimed at identifying specific aspects of sexual self-control, impulsivity, and/or compulsivity associated with problematic use of pornography among treatment-seeking individuals.

KEYWORDS:

hypersexuality; pornography; sexual behaviors; treatment-seeking men

PMID:
27348557
PMCID:
PMC5387768
DOI:
10.1556/2006.5.2016.036
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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