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PARAPHILIC-LIKE BEHAVIORS AND THEIR RELATION TO DISTRESS AND RELIGIOSITY

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Title:PARAPHILIC-LIKE BEHAVIORS AND THEIR RELATION TO DISTRESS AND RELIGIOSITY
Authors:Ruppelius, Soren
Contributors:Sasaki, Joni (advisor)
Psychology (department)
Keywords:Social psychology
Sexuality
Distress
Paraphilias
Religiosity
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:The current study aimed to explore whether the relationship between ‘paraphilic-like’ sexual behaviors—sexual behaviors that might be deemed unusual or taboo in Western culture—and self-reported distress depends on level of religiosity. A sample of students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa were recruited to participate in an online survey. Results revealed that, consistent with the main hypothesis, religiosity served as a significant moderator when examining the relationship between sexual behaviors (both arousal by paraphilic-like behaviors and frequency of participation in these behaviors) and self-reported distress when thinking about oneself participating in these behaviors. Overall, sexual behaviors predicted distress to a greater degree for people who were higher (vs. lower) in religiosity. These results fill in some of the lack of literature about the prevalence of paraphilias and paraphilic-like thoughts and behaviors, as well as potentially suggesting future directions for research and clinical treatment planning.
Description:M.A. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:47 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/63247
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Appears in Collections: M.A. - Psychology


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