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Sexuality Education

Adolescents’ Compulsive Sexual Behavior and The Role of Parents

Adolescents’ compulsive sexual behavior: The role of parental competence, parents’ psychopathology, and quality of parent–child communication about sexFull Article Name: Adolescents’ Compulsive Sexual Behavior: The Role of Parental Competence, Parents’ Psychopathology, and Quality of Parent–Child Communication About Sex

Open Access: Yes

Abstract

Background and aims Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB) has implications for clinical and non-clinical adult populations. Disposition to CSB has been shown to influence adolescence sexual behaviors, but the development of adolescents’ disposition toward CSB has yet to be examined in the family context. In this study, we investigated whether parent–adolescent communication mediates the links between parental characteristics and adolescents’ CSB.

Methods The sample included 275 Israeli families [triad of mothers (age = 34–63 years, M = 45.48, SD = 5.46), fathers (age = 36–83 years, M = 48.33, SD = 6.63), and one adolescent (48.2% boys, 51.1% girls; age = 14–18 years, M = 16.23, SD = 1.18)]. Parents completed measures of psychopathology, parental self-esteem, and parental self-efficacy, and adolescents completed measures of quality of sex-related communication and CSB.

Results The results indicate that, for girls, higher maternal self-esteem and lower psychopathology were linked with better sex-related communication and so with lower CSB. For boys, only parental religiosity was linked with the quality of sex-related communication and CSB, with religious parents having better communication than secular ones.

Discussion The findings provide an opportunity for researchers to gain a better insight into the dynamics of familial factors in the development of CSB among adolescents.

Citation

Efrati, Y., & Gola, M. (2019). Adolescents’ compulsive sexual behavior: The role of parental competence, parents’ psychopathology, and quality of parent-child communication about sex. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 8(3), 420–431. https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.8.2019.33