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Sexuality attitudes in comparison with attitudes to pathological inclination to drug or alcohol in addicts and healthy people.

Sexuality attitudes in comparison with attitudes to pathological inclination to drug or alcohol in addicts and healthy people.

Sexuality alteration during addiction disease (1) suggests idea about competition for pleasure between sexual and addicted behavior. We supposed that sexual attitudes compete with attitudes representing pathological inclination. We created “Addiction and Sexuality” questionnaire (2) and combined it with “Sexual Health Attitudes Questionnaire” (3).

The following categories were used. Alcohol Addiction: attitude to drinking; level of alcoholic inclination; self-attitude to disease; withdrawal. Drug addiction: general attitude to drugs; level of inclination; self-attitude to drug addiction; withdrawal. Sexual disturbance: general attitude to sexuality; libido level; self-attitude to sexual functioning; sexual abstinence. Totality of 143 respondents (76 women and 67 men) with average age 41.5 (17 – 65) consists of 72 patients (29 alcoholics, 41 drug addicts, 2 clients with ludiomia) and 71 healthy people (48 patients’ relatives, 23 health workers). The questioning results were computed using database. Profiles were compared. Frequency Characteristics and the reliability was calculated and evaluated. As result, we described the range of attitudes that are in a competitive relationship, and some attitudes, which does not compete. The study could be useful for psyhotherapy and formation of “gender portraits” of social groups.

References
1. Zharkov Y. SEXUALITY OF HEROIN ADDICTS: APPLIED ASPECTS OF STUDIES. Sexologies. European Journal of Medical Sexology: VOL.XI-N39, 2002p.33-44
2. Zharkov Y. Methodology of questionnaires design for intercultural sexological investigations (2005) Sexologies. European Journal of Medical Sexology.
3. World Association for Sexual Health. (2008). Sexual Health for the Millennium. A Declaration and Technical Document. Minneapolis, MN, USA: World Association for Sexual Health.

Speakers: Yury Zharkov
Conference: Demo