Exploring the relationship between sexual compulsivity and attentional bias to sex-related words in a cohort of sexually active individuals

Albery, Ian P, Lowry, Jessica, Frings, Dan, Johnson, Henry Lee, Hogan, Cassandra and Moss, Antony C (2016) Exploring the relationship between sexual compulsivity and attentional bias to sex-related words in a cohort of sexually active individuals. European Addiction Research, 23 (1). pp. 1-6. ISSN 1022-6877

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Abstract

Background/Aims: If sexual compulsivity and other addictive behaviours share common aetiology, contemporary proposals about the role of attentional processes in understanding addictive behaviours are relevant. Methods: To examine attentional biases for sex-related words amongst sexually active individuals and the relationship between sexual compulsivity and sexual behavioural engagement with attentional bias, 55 sexually active individuals completed a modified Stroop task and the sexual compulsivity scale. Results: Findings showed attentional bias towards sex-related stimuli among sexually active participants. In addition, amongst those with low levels of sexual compulsivity, levels of attentional bias were the same across all levels of sexual experience. Amongst those with higher levels of sexual compulsivity, greater attentional bias was linked with lower levels of sexual experience. Conclusion: Attentional preference for concern-related stimuli varies as a function of the interaction between how long a person has been active sexually and how compulsive their sexual behaviour is.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: Eur Addict Res 2017;23:1-6. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=10.1159/000448732.
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Henry Johnson
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2016 15:58
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2016 16:19
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2984

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