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Health Care Women Int. 2017 Jul;38(7):732-752. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2017.1322594. Epub 2017 May 30.

Human identity versus gender identity: The perception of sexual addiction among Iranian women.

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a Department of Social Welfare Management , School of Education Sciences and Social Welfare, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences , Tehran , Iran.
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b School of Nursing and Midwifery , Tehran University of Medical Science s, Tehran , Iran.
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c Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR , Tehran , Iran.
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d Private clinician , Shiraz , Iran.

Abstract

This qualitative study was conducted to explore the images of personal identity from the perspective of women with sexual addiction. The data required for the study were collected through 31 in-depth interviews. Sensing a threat to personal identity, dissatisfaction with gender identity, dissociation with the continuum of identity, and identity reconstruction in response to threat were four of the experiences that were common among women with sexual addiction. Painful emotional experiences appear to have created a sense of gender and sexual conflict or weakness in these women and thus threatened their personal identity and led to their sexual addiction.

PMID:
28557583
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2017.1322594
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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