Verena Klein

Verena Klein
University of Hamburg | UHH · Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry

PhD

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Verena Klein works at the Institute for Sex Research and Forensic Psychiatry, University of Hamburg. She is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Stigmatized Sexualities Lab at the University of Michigan (PI: Prof. Terri Conley).
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Background and aims The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of indicators consistent with Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD)—defined and operationalized according to the ICD-11 guidelines—in a large ( n = 4,633; 50.5% male; 49,5% female) probability-based German national sample. Methods Participants were aske...
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Introduction Sexual pleasure has been a neglected issue in sexual health policies. Emerging trends in public health, however, emphasize the importance of sexual pleasure in preventing negative sexual health outcomes. Methods Using data from the German Sexuality and Health Survey (GeSiD), we tested the assumption that sexual pleasure is associated...
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Gender differences in sexuality have gained considerable attention both within and outside of the scientific community. We argue that one of the main unacknowledged reasons for these differences is simply that women experience substantially worse sex than men do. Thus, in examinations of the etiology of gender differences in sexuality, a confound h...
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Background There are ongoing debates about conflicting models on how to conceptualize compulsive sexual behavior. At the heart of these discussions is the question about the sexual motivations underlying compulsive sexual behavior, as different models assume different motivations. Aim The aim of the present study was to understand sexual motivatio...
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Five studies (using U.S. samples) examined whether men’s higher entitlement contributes to a sexual pleasure gap that disadvantages women. Participants indicated that men receive more sexual pleasure from their partners, whereas women provide more pleasure (Study 1a). Participants believed that men have more of a right to experience orgasm in both...
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Objective: Various sources of evidence suggest that men and women differ in their experience of sexual pleasure. Such gender differences have been attributed to men’s higher innate sex drive, supported by evolutionary psychology perspectives and gender differences in reproductive strategies. Method: This paper presents biopsychosocial evidence for...
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Background The diagnosis of paraphilic disorder is a complicated clinical judgment based on the integration of information from multiple dimensions to arrive at a categorical (present/absent) conclusion. The recent update of the guidelines for paraphilic disorders in ICD-11 presents an opportunity to investigate how mental health professionals use...
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Psychology research from Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD) countries, especially from the United States, receives more scientific attention than research from non-WEIRD countries. We investigate one structural way that this inequality might be enacted: mentioning the sample's country in the article title. Analyzing the...
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Previous researchers have noted the domination of Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) samples in fields like psychology. In this study we asked: how WEIRD and androcentric is contemporary sex research? We focused on two historically underrepresented groups in research, namely non-WEIRD and women/gender non-conforming sam...
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Previous researchers have noted the domination of Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic (WEIRD) samples in fields like psychology. In this study we asked: how WEIRD and androcentric is contemporary sex research? We focused on two historically underrepresented groups in research, namely non-WEIRD and women/gender non-conforming sam...
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Background: The 11th edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) is due to come into force in 2022. The goal of the present partial evaluation of the GeSiD study findings is to provide the first ever estimate of the prevalence of different types of sexual dysfunction in Germany as defined by the diagnostic guidelin...
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Background: Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) is included in the eleventh edition of The International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as an impulse-control disorder. Aims: The aim of the present work was to develop a scale (Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder Scale-CSBD-19) that can reliably and validly assess CSBD based on ICD-11...
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Stigmatization by health care professionals leads to decreased help-seeking behaviors in those being stigmatized. Prejudicial attitudes are especially pronounced concerning sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which is crucial in light of rising prevalence rates of STIs in recent years. We aimed to examine stigmatization against patients with se...
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There is growing public concern that sexually explicit material (SEM) negatively affects women, given that, more often than not, SEM promotes women’s sexual objectification, passivity and submission to male desire. Focusing on hyperfemininity and sexual agency, as possible respectively negative and positive outcomes of SEM use, using a sample of 55...
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In this web-based field study, we compared the diagnostic accuracy and clinical utility of 10 selected mental disorders between the ICD-11 Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (CDDG) and the ICD-10 CDDG using vignettes in a sample of 928 health professionals from all WHO regions. On average, the ICD-11 CCDG displayed significantly higher...
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The dual control model of human sexual behavior proposes that sexual responses involve an interaction between sexual excitatory and sexual inhibitory systems. The Sexual Inhibition/Sexual Excitation Scales (SIS/SES; Janssen, Vorst, Finn, & Bancroft, 2002) as well as its short form (SIS/SES-SF; Carpenter, Janssen, Graham, Vorst, & Wicherts, 2011) as...
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Theories on narcissism are traditionally closely related to sexuality. Most research on the association between narcissism and sexual behavior, however, has focused on harmful/maladaptive outcomes. The aim of the present two studies was to examine the possible health-promoting influence of both global and sexual narcissism on sexual function and ge...
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Women's low sexual desire has received a great deal of cultural and research attention. Surprisingly, pleasure women receive during partnered sexual encounters and sociocultural beliefs about sexual desire have largely been absent in the literature. The present study examined if gendered cultural scripts and pleasure from a sexual encounter predict...
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It has recently been proposed that compulsive sexual behavior disorder should be included in the 11th version of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. Concerns have been repeatedly expressed regarding the overpathologizing of sexual behaviors and the potential for false-positive results in clinical pr...
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Traditional sexual scripts are characterized by a gendered power inequality (male dominance vs. female submission) (Sanchez, Fetterolf, & Rudman, 2012). Although gender differences in a variety of sexual behaviors have been decreasing, research into sexual scripts provides some support for the existence of traditional sexual scripts adherence. Stud...
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Zusammenfassung Einleitung: Sexualpolitische Themen wie das Recht von Frauen auf Informationen zum Schwangerschaftsabbruch, sexuelle Vielfalt als Thema des Schulunterrichts und das Adoptionsrecht für homosexuelle Paare dominieren die öffentliche Debatte. Der sogenannte Wertekonflikt zwischen Liberalen versus Konservativen / Linken versus Rechten lä...
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Sexual agency (i.e., the ability to make decisions and assertions related to one’s own sexuality) is associated with sexual health enhancing outcomes. Given that young women are expected to act passively, rather than with agency when it comes to sexual encounters, the present study aimed to explore whether parental support, knowledge, and communica...
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Zusammenfassung Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde (DGPPN) hat federführend (Projektleitung WG) in Kooperation mit vier weiteren medizinischen Fachgesellschaften (DGPM, DGPPR, DeGPT, DGfS) * eine von elf der vom Bundesministerium für Gesundheit geförderten Validierungsstudien zur Unterstützu...
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The psychiatric classification of "normal" versus disordered sexual behavior has been a subject of some dispute. Although atypical sexual interests have been viewed traditionally as typically male, epidemiological data indicate its presence in both genders. We examined how gender and sexual orientation influence whether or not atypical sexual behav...
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One major theoretical debate in sex research is the conceptualization of high frequent (non-paraphilic) sexual behavior. As a consequence, different attempts have been made to categorize excessive sexual behavior by using different existing psychopathological categories. As a part of the revision process of the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and S...
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Sexuality as a clinical research topic, the question of what is to be regarded as normality, variation, as a problem or a disorder, cannot be stable over time and not be understood without its cultural embeddedness. Medical science defines sexual disorders, inter alia on the levels of deviations, functional limitations, suffering, and danger to oth...
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Identifying risk factors for sexual abuse in men who work with children and who have already abused a child could lead to more appropriate screening and prevention strategies and is thus of major scientific and societal relevance. A total of 8,649 German men from the community were assessed in an extensive anonymous and confidential online survey....
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The present study aims at validating the German version of the Structured Assessment of PROtective Factors (SAPROF) for violence risk in a representative sample of incarcerated adult male sexual offenders. Sexual offenders (n = 450) were rated retrospectively with the SAPROF using the database of the Federal Evaluation Centre for Violent and Sexual...
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Introduction: Much of the research on the association between erectile dysfunction (ED) and possible clinical relevant hypersexuality up to now has been only descriptive in nature. Aim: The present study aimed to explore the relationships among hypersexuality, ED, and sexual boredom in a sample of coupled community men. Methods: An Internet-ba...
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An error in the last sentence of the Abstract occurred during the production process. The publisher apologizes for the error. Please see the correct Abstract text here: Although much is currently known about hypersexuality (in the form of excessive sexual behavior) among sexual offenders, the degree to which hypersexual behavior is linked to para-p...
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Although much is currently known about hypersexuality (in the form of excessive sexual behavior) among sexual offenders, the degree to which hypersexual behavior is linked to paraphilic and especially pedophilic interests in non-forensic populations has not been established. The purpose of the present study was to elucidate the associations between...
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Research on vaginismus has thus far not focused on the biography and sexual history of partners of women suffering from the condition. The aim of this study was to examine the sexual history of men who are in a relationship with women suffering from vaginismus and who are seeking help in couples sex therapy. It was hypothesized that the majority of...
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The term hypersexuality was introduced to describe excessive sexual behavior associated with a person’s inability to control his or her sexual behavior. The main aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of different personality traits on the degree of hypersexual behavior as measured by the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI). A furt...
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Child sexual abuse occurring in a child- or youth-serving institution or organization has attracted great public and scientific attention. In light of the particular personal and offense-related characteristics of men who have abused children within such an institution or organization, it is of special importance to evaluate the predictive performa...
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Introduction: Attempts to draw a distinction between excessive and so-called normal sexual behavior are discussed controversially. Although no consensus has been reached so far on how to label the phenomenon of clinical relevant excessive sexual behavior, Kafka proposed the term hypersexual disorder. There are only a few empirical studies on the e...
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To date, research on juvenile sexual offender recidivism has tended to focus on risk factors rather than protective factors. Therefore, very little is known about protective factors in the population of juveniles who sexually offended. The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of protective factors on non-recidivism in a sample of accu...
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In der vorliegenden Untersuchung wurde überprüft, ob standardisierte Prognoseinstrumente in der Lage sind, erneute Auffälligkeiten in einer Stichprobe von sexuell auffällig gewordenen Kindern und Jugendlichen (N = 80; als Einschlusskriterium musste keine Verurteilung erfolgt sein) vorherzusagen. Eingesetzt wurden die international als etabliert gel...
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Introduction: Hypersexual behavior has been a controversial and much disputed issue in the field of sexual medicine. However, only little attention has been paid to hypersexual behavior in women. Therefore, to date there is limited knowledge on the behavioral patterns of hypersexuality in women. Aims: The purpose of the present study was to exam...
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Die SIS/SES – SF ist ein 14 Items umfassender Fragebogen, der indivi-duelle Reaktionen und Verhaltensweisen von Frauen und Männern in sexuellen Situationen erfasst.-chiatrie des Universitätsklinikums Hamburg-Eppendorf vorgelegten Kurzversion liegt eine veränderte Form der Langfassung zugrunde, die mit den Autoren des Originals abgestimmt wurde. Die...
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Hypersexuality is characterized by recurrent and intense sexual fantasies, sexual urges, or sexual behaviors resulting in clinically significant personal distress or impairment in social, occupa-tional, or other important areas of functioning. The Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI, Reid et al., 2011) is a 3-factor measure (coping, control and con...
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The present study examines the relationship between risk and protective factors among young alleged sexual offenders (N = 66) in pre-trial and pre-treatment settings. For risk assessment purposes, the Screening Tool for the Assessment of Young Sexual Offenders' Risk (STAYSOR), the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY), and the Str...
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Im therapeutischen Kontakt mit Sexualstraftätern lassen sich neben feindseligen Einstellungen auch Schilderungen, die durch eine Art ritterlicher Vorstellungen, Aussagen oder Verhaltensweisen gegenüber Frauen gekennzeichnet sind, beobachten. Der vorliegende Beitrag nähert sich dem geschilderten Phänomen auf Grundlage der sozialpsychologischen Theor...
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Der vorliegende Beitrag befasst sich mit Ausdrucksformen sexuellen Verhaltens und Erlebens, die durch ihren exzessiven Charakter und Leidensdruck und/oder Fremdgefährdung charakterisiert sind. Zunächst wird die historische Entwicklung des gegenwärtig im klinisch-diagnostischen Bereich überwiegend als Hypersexualität bezeichneten Konstrukts dargeste...

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