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NCJ Number: 221632 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Addiction Among Teens: A Review
Journal: Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention  Volume:14  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:257-278
Author(s): Steve Sussman
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined sexual addiction among teens.
Abstract: The relationship between drug use and risky teen sexual behavior could be conceptualized as a result of the disinhibiting effects of drugs consumed and subsequent diminished decisionmaking and judgment. Sexual abuse as a child also may facilitate compulsive sexual behavior, unprotected sexual acts as an adult, and alcohol abuse. Results reveal that sex addiction is very likely a disorder that extends across the life course beginning in adolescence as secondary sexual characteristics mature, conditional on the presence of biological and personality factors, and subjective affective discomfort, embedded within social environmental contexts that expose teens to sexually explicit stimuli, and related social learning of the reinforcing value of these stimuli. With successful outcomes of initial experiences with sex for gratification, and repetition of such experiences, the teen may bypass other more prosocial or potentially productive means of coping with one’s status quo. There are very few mental health services available at this time for teens suffering from sexual addiction. One may assume that teens with sexual addiction-related problems are seen in treatment for other problems such as for STDs, but no research exists to support this assumption at present. As the years accumulate, myriad stimuli are associated with sexual connotations, and numerous negative consequences ensue. At this point in adulthood, often after 10 to 30 years of sexual acting out, the individual may seek treatment, or be forced into treatment, that may involve lifelong attendance at 12-step meetings or therapy, and possibly drug therapy. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use; Risk taking behavior; Sexual addiction
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcohol abuse; Behavior patterns; Behavioral science research; Individual behavior; Nonviolent behavior; Problem behavior; Sexual behavior
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