Nelson and Oehlert (2008) found significant comorbidity levels of depression, anxiety and substance addiction (especially cocaine addiction) with sexual compulsivity.This study aims to find whether sexual compulsivity is comorbid with depression, anxiety, and substance use in students from non-western countries (Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), since the sexual compulsivity phenomenon has not been the subject of research in the Balkan area so far.
Results indicated positive, significant but low correlations between sexual compulsivity and depression; sexual compulsivity and anxiety; and sexual compulsivity and substance use; whereas a low, negative but significant correlation was obtained between sexual compulsivity and self-esteem. *Corresponding author at: Dragodol 27, 75 000 Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The strongest predictor of sexual compulsivity was drug use; two other significant predictors were alcohol and depression. E-mail: [email protected] is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Carnes (1991) found that 42% of 932 sexually addicted individuals, were also addicted to other chemical substances, 38% of them had eating disorders; 28% reported that they worked compulsively and 26% reported compulsive buying.
Participants also mentioned addiction problems in their siblings, fathers and mothers (Carnes, 1991).
The first one is based on the anxiety model and the second on the depression/mood model.