Special Issue "Sexual Addiction and Family Education"

A special issue of Sexes (ISSN 2411-5118).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Valeria Verrastro
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Guest Editor
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, 0961 Catanzaro, Italy
Interests: behavioral addictions; adolescence; family educations; sexual education; sexual addiction
Dr. Stefano Eleuteri
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Medicine and Psychology, Sapienza University of Rome, Via dei Marsi 78, 00178 Rome, Italy
Interests: sexuality and biopsychosocial aspects; sexual education; sexual addiction; pornography; Internet sexuality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sexual addiction remains one of the least understood diseases in the field of sexuality. These health problems are less likely to be detected and treated because of the still controversial nature of their definition, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Sexual education is known as an important prevention strategy for all sexual problems.

In the theme of sexual addiction, the family unit is often neglected. However, this disorder has a major impact not only on the identified patient, but also on their partner and family. Moreover, the family unit is the context in which the Sexual Addict lives, and the mental health of the partner has a significant impact on the Sexual Addict’s recovery. Increasing evidence points to a family history of addiction or dysfunction as a primary contributor to sexual addiction in adulthood. When compulsive sexual behaviors are present within a family, family or couple treatments improve the couple’s relationship as well as the family mental health, preventing the risk of recurrences. In addition, the treatment of children in such families can help break the cycle of sexual addiction and prevent its perpetuation into the next generation.

This Special Issue seeks research papers on various aspects of sexual addiction such as diagnosis, treatment, and education. We especially encourage the submission of interdisciplinary work and multi-country collaborative research. We welcome original research papers using different study designs as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Prof. Dr. Valeria Verrastro
Dr. Stefano Eleuteri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sexual addiction
  • sexual education
  • family education
  • couple therapy
  • family therapy
  • recurrence

Published Papers

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