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The role of negative mood states and consequences of hypersexual behaviours in predicting hypersexuality among university students


Dhuffar, MK and Pontes, HM and Griffiths, MD, The role of negative mood states and consequences of hypersexual behaviours in predicting hypersexuality among university students, Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 4, (3) pp. 181-188. ISSN 2062-5871 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1556/2006.4.2015.030


Background and Aims: The issue of whether hypersexual behaviours exist among university students is controversial because many of these individuals engage in sexual exploration during their time at university. To date, little is known about the correlates of hypersexual behaviours among university students in the UK. Therefore, the aims of this exploratory study were two-fold. Firstly, to explore and establish the correlates of hypersexual behaviours, and secondly, to investigate whether hypersexuality among university students can be predicted by variables relating to negative mood states (i.e., emotional dysregulation, loneliness, shame, and life satisfaction) and consequences of hypersexual behaviour.

Methods: Survey data from 165 British university students was analysed using regression analyses.

Results: The full regression model significantly predicted hypersexual behaviours. However, only a small number of predictor variables (i.e., gender, consequences of hypersexual behaviours, life satisfaction and emotional dysregulation) accounted for the significant unique influence on hypersexual behaviours among the sample.

Conclusions: The study empirically supported the concept of hypersexual disorder. The implications of these findings are also discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hypersexuality, university students, hypersexual disorder, behavioural addictions
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pontes, HM (Dr Halley de Oliveira Miguel Pontes)
ID Code:132451
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2019-05-08
Last Modified:2019-06-14
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