SAST Sexual Addiction Screening Test

The Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) is intended to assist in the detection of sexually compulsive or "addictive behavior. Established in collaboration with clinics, recovery facilities, private therapists, and community organizations, SAST offers a profile of responses that help to differentiate between addictive and non-addictive behavior.

Questions for SAST Sexual Addiction Screening Test

1.

Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
2.

Did your parents have trouble with sexual behavior?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
3.

Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
4.

Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
5.

Do you ever feel bad about your sexual behavior?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
6.

Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you and your family?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
7.

Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
8.

Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
9.

Are any of your sexual activities against the law?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
10.

Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual activity and failed?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
11.

Do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
12.

Have you attempted to stop some parts of your sexual activity?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
13.

Have you felt degraded by your sexual behaviors?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
14.

When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
15.

Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
16.

Have important parts of your life (such as job, family, friends, leisure activities) been neglected because you were spending too much time on sex?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
17.

Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
18.

Is sex almost all you think about?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
19.

Has sex (or romantic fantasies) been a way for you to escape your problems?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
20.

Has sex become the most important thing in your life?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
21.

Are you in crisis over sexual matters?

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
22.

The internet has created sexual problems for me.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
23.

I spend too much time online for sexual purposes.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
24.

I have purchased services online for erotic purposes (sites for dating)

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
25.

I have used the internet to make romantic or erotic connections with people online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
26.

People in my life have been upset about my sexual activities online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
27.

I have attempted to stop my online sexual behaviors.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
28.

I have subscribed to or regularly purchased or rented sexually explicit materials (magazines, videos, books or online pornography).

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
29.

I have been sexual with minors.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
30.

I have spent considerable time and money on strip clubs, adult bookstores and movie houses.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
31.

I have engaged prostitutes and escorts to satisfy my sexual needs.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
32.

I have spent considerable time surfing pornography online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
33.

I have used magazines, videos or online pornography even when there was considerable risk of being caught by family members who would be upset by my behavior.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
34.

I have regularly purchased romantic novels or sexually explicit magazines.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
35.

I have stayed in romantic relationships after they became emotionally abusive.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
36.

I have traded sex for money or gifts.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
37.

I have maintained multiple romantic or sexual relationships at the same time.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
38.

After sexually acting out, I sometimes refrain from all sex for a significant period.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
39.

I have regularly engaged in sadomasochistic behavior.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
40.

I visit sexual bath-houses, sex clubs or video/bookstores as part of my regular sexual activity.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
41.

I have engaged in unsafe or “risky” sex even though I knew it could cause me harm.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
42.

I have cruised public restrooms, rest areas, or parks looking for sex with strangers.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
43.

I believe casual or anonymous sex has kept me from having more long-term intimate relationships.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
44.

My sexual behavior has put me at risk for arrest for lewd conduct or public indecency.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No
45.

I have been paid for sex.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Yes
  2. No

SAST Sexual Addiction Screening Test FAQ

What is Sex Addiction?
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Sexual addiction is an excessive preoccupation with sexual acts, fantasies, urges, or behaviors. Having difficulty controlling this preoccupation causes distress, and interferes with your daily activities, relationships, and other areas of your life.

What is the SAST Sexual Addiction Screening Test?
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Dr. Patrick Carnes developed the SAST questionnaire to assess the core symptoms of sexual addiction. SAST helps to diagnose sexual addiction at an early stage.

What are the signs of sexual addiction?
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Sexual addiction is characterized by increased sexual drive than usual, frequent and excessive thoughts about sex, feeling out of control, and fantasizing about sex.

Is it bad being hypersexual?
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Hypersexuality is often accompanied by psychological problems, which are often expressed through sex. It is destructive and associated with poor mental health, so seeking professional help is essential.

What is the treatment for Sex Addiction?
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Psychotherapy, medications, and self-help groups are typically used to treat sex addiction. It is possible that compulsive sexual behaviors co-occur with other mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or substance abuse.

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