Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory

The compulsive sexual behavior inventory (CSBI-13) is a screening tool developed by Dr. Eli Coleman and Dr. Michael Miner that assesses the core feature of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD): functional impairment and/or distress associated with difficulty controlling one’s sexual feelings, urges, and behaviors.1 The CSBI-13 has shown to have adequate reliability, criterion validity, and discriminant and convergent validity.2 Previous versions of the CSBI has been tested in various populations of adult men and women in the U.S.3-7 and in other countries.7,8

How to Use CSBI-13

Participants rate each of the 13 items on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (never) to 5 (very frequently). The total score is computed by summing across items. A score of 35 or greater has been shown to be a sensitive and specific cutoff for distinguishing individuals who meet criteria for the compulsive sexual behavior clinical syndrome, and is accurate 79% of the time.2 Because the CSBI-13 is used as a screening tool but does not measure the specific criteria of CSBD, a score of 35 or higher indicates a high probability of meeting diagnostic criteria and warrants further evaluation to ascertain the diagnosis of CSBD. 

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1 Coleman, E., Swinburne Romine, R., Dickenson, J., & Miner, M. H. (in press). Compulsive sexual behavior inventory – 13. In R. R. Milhausen, J. K. Sakaluk, T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures. New York, NY: Routledge.
2 Miner, M. H., Raymond, N., Coleman, E., & Swinburne Romine, R. (2017). Investigating clinically and scientifically useful cut points on the compulsive sexual behavior inventoryThe Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(5), 715-720. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.03.255
3 Coleman, E., Horvath, K. J., Miner, M., Ross, M. W., Oakes, M., & Rosser, B. R..S. (2010). Compulsive sexual behavior and risk for unsafe sex among internet using men who have sex with menArchives of Sexual Behavior, 39(5), 1045-1053. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-009-9507-5
4 Miner, M. H., Coleman, E., Center, B. A., Ross, M., & Rosser, B. R. S. (2007). The compulsive sexual behavior inventory: Psychometric propertiesArchives of Sexual Behavior, 36(4), 579-587. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-006-9127-2
5 McBride, K. R., Reece, M., & Sanders, S. A. (2008). Predicting negative outcomes of sexuality using the Compulsive Sexual Behavior InventoryInternational Journal of Sexual Health, 19(4), 51-62. DOI: 10.1300/J514v19n04_06
6 Storholm, E. D., Fisher, D. G., Napper, L. E., Reynolds, G. L., & Halkitis, P.N. (2011) A psychometric analysis of the compulsive sexual behavior inventorySexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 18(2), 86-103. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-015-0566-5
7 Scanavino, Mde. T., Ventuneac, A., Rendina, H. J., Abdo, C. H., Tavares, H., Amaral,... Parsons, J. T. (2016). Sexual compulsivity scale, compulsive sexual behavior inventory, and hypersexual disorder screening inventory: Translation, adaptation, and validation for use in brazil. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(1), 207-217. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-014-0356-5
8 Træen, B., Noor, S. W., Hald, G. M., Rosser, B. R. S., Brady, S. S., Erickson, D.,… Wilkerson, J. M. (2015). Examining the relationship between use of sexually explicit media and sexual risk behavior in a sample of men who have sex with men in NorwayScandinavian Journal of Psychology. 56(3). 290-296. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12203