Sexual addiction: many conceptions, minimal data

Clin Psychol Rev. 1998 Apr;18(3):367-81. doi: 10.1016/s0272-7358(97)00051-2.


Sexual addiction has received increasing attention in the past decade. We review existing literature on (a) competing conceptualizations of this syndrome as constituting an addictive, obsessive-compulsive, or impulse control disorder; (b) symptomatology and progression; (c) etiological models; and (d) treatment approaches. Based on this review, we conclude by identifying questions requiring resolution via empirical investigation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior, Addictive / diagnosis
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology*
  • Bisexuality / psychology
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / diagnosis
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / psychology
  • Homosexuality, Male / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior*