In Search of a Parsimonious Model to Explain Hypersexual Behavior

In Search of a Parsimonious Model to Explain Hypersexual Behavior Arch Sex Behav (2017) 46:2275–2277 COMMENTARY 1 2 Rory C. Reid Jon E. Grant Received: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published online: 22 September 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 Effortstomodelbiologicalprocessesandtheirassociatedmech- This is not surprising given researchers in fields such as addic- anisms are an essential part of cultivating scientific understand- tion,impulsivity, and compulsivity do notalwaysagree on con- ing in the study of hypersexual behavior. An invitation for sex ceptualizations of these constructs. For example, difficulty researchers to‘‘transcend existent knowledge and attempt to emerged in efforts to differentiate the constructs of impulsivity enhance our theoretical understanding by formulating new or and compulsivity as applied to hypersexual behavior given the improved model accounts of the topic under scrutiny’’has been lack of consensus about howto define, operationalize, and mea- previously offered (van Lankveld, 2011, p. 2). Subsequently, sure these two constructs, let alone understand their application thereviewbyWalton,Cantor,Bhullar,andLykins(2017)ofthe tohypersexuality(Reid,Berlin,&Kingston,2015).Further,when hypersexualityliteratureandtheirproposedmodel—thesexhav- attempts were made to apply a widely used measure of impul- ior cycle—are to be applauded. Their work nicely captures and sivitytohypersexuality,analternativefactorstructureemerged, explains existing models with respective strengths and limita- leading to a recommendation of a different instrument to evalu- tions. They correctly conclude that, presently,‘‘multiple etiolo- Archives of Sexual Behavior Springer Journals

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