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      Demographic and psychiatric correlates of compulsive sexual behaviors in gambling disorder

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          Background and aims

          Gambling disorder (GD) and compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) may commonly co-occur. Yet, the psychiatric correlates of these co-occurring disorders are an untapped area of empirical scrutiny, limiting our understanding of appropriate treatment modalities for this dual-diagnosed population. This study examined the demographic and clinical correlates of CSB in a sample of treatment-seeking individuals with GD ( N = 368) in São Paulo, Brazil.


          Psychiatrists and psychologists conducted semi-structured clinical interviews to identify rates of CSB and other comorbid psychiatric disorders. The Shorter PROMIS Questionnaire was administered to assess additional addictive behaviors. The TCI and BIS-11 were used to assess facets of personality. Demographic and gambling variables were also assessed.


          Of the total sample, 24 (6.5%) met diagnostic criteria for comorbid CSB (GD + CSB). Compared to those without compulsive sexual behaviors (GD − CSB), individuals with GD + CSB were more likely to be younger and male. No differences in gambling involvement emerged. Individuals with GD + CSB tended to have higher rates of psychiatric disorders (depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bulimia nervosa) and engage in more addictive behaviors (problematic alcohol use, drug use, and exercise) compared to GD − CSB. Those with GD + CSB evidenced less self-directedness, cooperativeness, self-transcendence, and greater motor impulsivity. Logistic regression showed that the predictors of GD + CSB, which remained in the final model, were being male, a diagnosis of bulimia, greater gambling severity, and less self-transcendence.

          Discussion and conclusion

          Given those with GD + CSB evidence greater psychopathology, greater attention should be allocated to this often under studied comorbid condition to ensure adequate treatment opportunities.

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                Author and article information

                J Behav Addict
                J Behav Addict
                Journal of Behavioral Addictions
                Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
                16 August 2019
                September 2019
                : 8
                : 3
                : 451-462
                [1 ]Addictive Behaviours Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary , Calgary, AB, Canada
                [2 ]Outpatient Unit for Excessive Sexual Drive and Prevention of Negative Outcomes Associated with Sexual Behavior, Institute of Psychiatry, Clinicas’ Hospital, University of São Paulo Medical School , São Paulo, Brazil
                [3 ]Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of São Paulo , São Paulo, Brazil
                [4 ]Experimental Pathophysiology, Post-Graduation Program, Medical School, University of São Paulo , São Paulo, Brazil
                [5 ]Impulse Control Disorders and Behavioral Addictions Outpatient Unit, Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of São Paulo , São Paulo, Brazil
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author: Megan E. Cowie; Addictive Behaviours Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Room AD 240, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada; Phone: +1 403 210 9580; E-mail: megan.cowie@
                © 2019 The Author(s)

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