Working with Partners of Sex Addicts: An Interview with Dr. Barbara Steffens

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Can you talk briefly about your study, where you looked at betrayed partners of sex addicts from the trauma perspective?

The research looked at trauma symptoms in betrayed partners after they learned about their spouse’s sexual addiction and betrayal. We expected to find some evidence of trauma symptoms when we undertook the study, but the level of trauma was a complete surprise. To our amazement, we found that 69.9% of the people who participated met the DSM criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Some readers of the study might argue that the “life-threatening trauma” criterion of PTSD was….

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