Presenter's Name(s)

Lilian R. DaltonFollow

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Alessandra Rellini

Graduate Student Mentors

Wilson Captein

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Psychological Science

Primary Research Category

Social Sciences

Presentation Title

Sexual Compulsion, Violent Fantasies, and Shame

Time

1:00 PM

Location

Williams Family Room

Abstract

Past research has indicated a strong connection between sexual shame and sexual compulsivity. The aversive state of shame is believed to be a trigger for compulsive sexual behaviors in sexually compulsive individuals. This may occur as a function of mood repair or negative affect avoidance. Literature on the topic suggests that understanding the role that shame plays in sexual compulsivity is essential in both prediction and prevention of compulsive behaviors. In our initial study of college aged individuals, participants rated their level of arousal to a variety of different kinks and sexual fantasies. The current study will examine whether the theme of the sexual fantasy, and particularly violent versus non-violent sexual fantasies, has a stronger association with sexual shame and therefore is more strongly associated with compulsivity. also expect that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies score higher in sexual compulsivity than individuals who only report non-violent sexual fantasies. Finally, we expect that the relationship between violent sexual fantasies and compulsivity will be mediated by shame. We expect to find that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies also report more sexual shame as compared to individuals who report only non-violent sexual fantasies. We also expect that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies score higher in sexual compulsivity than individuals who only report non-violent sexual fantasies. Finally, we expect that the relationship between violent sexual fantasies and compulsivity will be mediated by shame.

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Sexual Compulsion, Violent Fantasies, and Shame

Past research has indicated a strong connection between sexual shame and sexual compulsivity. The aversive state of shame is believed to be a trigger for compulsive sexual behaviors in sexually compulsive individuals. This may occur as a function of mood repair or negative affect avoidance. Literature on the topic suggests that understanding the role that shame plays in sexual compulsivity is essential in both prediction and prevention of compulsive behaviors. In our initial study of college aged individuals, participants rated their level of arousal to a variety of different kinks and sexual fantasies. The current study will examine whether the theme of the sexual fantasy, and particularly violent versus non-violent sexual fantasies, has a stronger association with sexual shame and therefore is more strongly associated with compulsivity. also expect that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies score higher in sexual compulsivity than individuals who only report non-violent sexual fantasies. Finally, we expect that the relationship between violent sexual fantasies and compulsivity will be mediated by shame. We expect to find that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies also report more sexual shame as compared to individuals who report only non-violent sexual fantasies. We also expect that individuals that report violent sexual fantasies score higher in sexual compulsivity than individuals who only report non-violent sexual fantasies. Finally, we expect that the relationship between violent sexual fantasies and compulsivity will be mediated by shame.