Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 17–30 | Cite as

Personality characteristics of sexual addicts and pathological gamblers

  • Miriam Raviv


Personality characteristics of three groups were compared: sexual addicts (N=32, 6 females, 26 males, ¯x age=36.37), pathological gamblers (N=32, 13 females, 19 males, ¯x age=46.15), and non-addicts (N=38, 13 females, 25 males, ¯x age=39.65). The sexual addict group was significantly more anxious, depressed, obsessive-compulsive and interpersonally sensitive than the non-addict control group. The sexuai addict group was significantly more depressed than the pathological gambler group. The pathological gambler group was significantly more depressed than the non-addict control group, but was not significantly more anxious, obsessive-compulsive, or interpersonally sensitive. Neither addict group scored higher on levels of sensation-seeking or self-defeating behaviors than did the non-addict control group. The results supported the view that sexual addiction can be explained as a means of coping with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsiveness and interpersonal sensitivity whereas pathological gambling may be used as an anti-depressant but there is no significant relationship between that addiction and the other above-mentioned personality characteristics.


Significant Relationship Personality Characteristic Pathological Gambler Interpersonal Sensitivity Sexual Addiction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Raviv
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  1. 1.MFCCCIGNA Healthplans of CaliforniaLos Angeles

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