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Problematic Cybersex: Conceptualization, Assessment, and Treatment

1 February 2017

Publication Date
January 2017

Original Abstract
Problematic involvement in cybersex is generally considered to be an excessive and uncontrolled use of online sexual activities associated with tangible negative outcomes and functional impairment.

To date,there is no consensus in the literature regarding the conceptualization and labeling of this disorder, or of its diagnosis and assessment (e.g., screening questionnaires and diagnostic criteria). Through a systematic examination of the literature, we emphasize that problematic cybersex is an umbrella construct that regroups various types of distinct dysfunctional online behaviors.

Despite a considerable increase in studies on problematic cybersex, no clear diagnostic guidelines existfor clinicians and researchers. Moreover, the factors involvedin the development and maintenance of the disorder remain poorly examined, and the evidence regarding valid assessment and treatment are lacking.

Wéry, A. and Billieux, J. (2017). La problématique du cybersexe : conceptualisation, évaluation et traitement. Addictive Behaviors, 64. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.11.007.

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