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date: 17 May 2021

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Compulsive sexual behavior (CSB), a relatively common disorder, is characterized by having sexually related thoughts, urges, and behaviors that cause significant psychosocial distress and functional impairment. This chapter describes the phenomenology and etiology of CSB. Gender, age, and ethnic/cultural influences on CSB are discussed, as well as comorbidity issues and the relationship between CSB and Parkinson’s disease. Addiction and obsessive-compulsive spectrum theoretical models of CSB are also summarized. Finally, the chapter provides future directions for clinicians and research to pursue.

Keywords: compulsive sexual behavior, phenomenology, epidemiology, comorobity, theoretical models

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