NYC Sex Therapist Talks: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR AND SEX ROLES IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS (DeMarco, 2006)

It's almost my seven year anniversary of completing my doctoral dissertation, so I thought I'd share it.  Here's the abstract for the skimmers.  ;)  

 

ABSTRACT The matter of sexual compulsivity / sex addiction is controversial among sexologists. However, sexually driven behavior varies among individuals as assessed by validated instruments like the Sexual Compulsivity Scale (SCS). The purpose of this research study was to investigate the relation between sexual compulsive behavior and gender role traits (masculinity/femininity) using the SCS and the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) in a nonclinical setting with healthy university students. The working hypothesis was that individuals who score highly on the SCS will also score highly in the masculine areas of the BSRI. The study comprised of 116 students (54 male, 62 female). Men scored significantly higher than women in the SCS, and differed with respect to key questions predicting their individual SCS score. While the SCS was not associated with ethnicity, religion, relationship status or sexual orientation, students with addictive tendencies (tobacco, alcohol or drug abuse) scored significantly higher on this instrument. In the BSRI, female students showed significantly higher “femininity” than male, but no difference in the “masculinity”. The gender role traits were not clearly associated with other demographic characteristics. A direct correlation between sexual compulsivity and gender role traits could only be identified in males: The SCS and masculinity score from BSRI were positively correlated in male participants, and sex-typed “masculine males” scored significantly higher on the SCS. No such association was found with femininity / feminine personality in males or for female students at all. Patients from a sexologist’s office served as a positive control group with significantly higher SCS scores. In conclusion, men show generally increased sexual compulsivity than women, and this phenomenon is directly linked to masculine gender role traits. However, sexually driven behavior in women is more complex and cannot be associated with classical gender role traits.

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