The Sexual Addiction Screening Test (SAST) is designed to assist in the assessment of sexually compulsive or "addictive" behavior.  Developed in cooperation with hospitals, treatment programs, private therapists and community groups, the SAST provides a profile of responses that help to discriminate between addictive and non-addictive behavior.  This assessment is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.  Before starting the assessment we need basic information in order to build your profile.



 Male     Female



 Heterosexual     Bi-sexual     Homosexual



Please check any of the following that apply:


 I have no concerns about my sexual behavior but am curious how I would score.

 I have no concerns about my sexual behavior but others are concerned.

 I am having problems with my sexual behavior but do not consider myself a "sex addict".

 I know I am a sex addict.

 I have sought therapy because of my sexual problems.


To complete the test, answer each question by placing a check in the appropriate yes/no column.


 YES    NO      1. Were you sexually abused as a child or adolescent?


 YES     NO      2. Did your parents have trouble with sexual behavior?


 YES     NO      3. Do you often find yourself preoccupied with sexual thoughts?


 YES     NO      4. Do you feel that your sexual behavior is not normal?


 YES     NO      5. Do you ever feel bad about your sexual behavior?


 YES     NO      6. Has your sexual behavior ever created problems for you and your family?


 YES     NO      7. Have you ever sought help for sexual behavior you did not like?


 YES     NO      8. Has anyone been hurt emotionally because of your sexual behavior?


 YES     NO      9. Are any of your sexual activities against the law?


 YES     NO    10. Have you made efforts to quit a type of sexual activity and failed?


 YES     NO    11. Do you hide some of your sexual behaviors from others?


 YES     NO    12. Have you attempted to stop some parts of your sexual activity?


 YES     NO    13. Have you felt degraded by your sexual behaviors?


 YES     NO    14. When you have sex, do you feel depressed afterwards?


 YES     NO    15. Do you feel controlled by your sexual desire?


 YES     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?


 YES     NO    17. Do you ever think your sexual desire is stronger than you are?


 YES     NO    18. Is sex almost all you think about?


 YES     NO    19. Has sex (or romantic fantasies) been a way for you to escape your problems?


 YES     NO    20. Has sex become the most important thing in your life?


 YES     NO    21. Are you in crisis over sexual matters?


 YES     NO    22. Has the internet has created sexual problems for you?


 YES     NO    23. Do you spend too much time online for sexual purposes?


 YES     NO    24. Have you purchased services online for erotic purposes (sites for dating, pornography, fantasy and friend finder)?


 YES     NO    25. Have you used the internet to make romantic or erotic connections with people online?


 YES     NO    26. Have people in your life been upset about your sexual activities online?


 YES     NO    27. Have you attempted to stop your online sexual behaviors?


 YES     NO    28. Have you subscribed to or regularly purchased or rented sexually explicit materials (magazines, videos, books or online pornography)?


 YES     NO    29. Have you been sexual with minors?


 YES     NO    30. Have you spent considerable time and money on strip clubs, adult bookstores and movie houses?


 YES     NO    31. Have you engaged prostitutes and escorts to satisfy your sexual needs?


 YES     NO    32. Have you spent considerable time surfing pornography online?


 YES     NO    33. Have you used magazines, videos or online pornography even when there was considerable risk of being caught by family members who would be upset by your behavior?


 YES     NO    34. Have you regularly purchased romantic novels or sexually explicit magazines?


 YES     NO    35. Have you stayed in romantic relationships after they became emotionally  abusive?


 YES     NO    36. Have you traded sex for money or gifts?


 YES     NO    37. Have you maintained multiple romantic or sexual relationships at the same time?


 YES     NO    38. After sexually acting out, do you sometimes refrain from all sex for a significant period?


 YES     NO    39. Have you regularly engaged in sadomasochistic behavior?


 YES     NO    40. Do you visit sexual bath-houses, sex clubs or video/bookstores as part of your regular sexual activity?


 YES     NO    41. Have you engaged in unsafe or "risky" sex even though you knew it could cause you harm?


 YES     NO    42. Have you cruised public restrooms, rest areas or parks looking for sex with strangers?


 YES     NO    43. Do you believe that casual or anonymous sex has kept you from having more long-term intimate relationships?


 YES     NO    44. Has your sexual behavior has put you at risk for arrest for lewd conduct or public indecency?


 YES     NO    45. Have you been paid for sex?



We have compared your answers with people who have been diagnosed with sexual addiction. Your answers have not met a score that indicates sex addiction is present. To help you understand, the graphic below plots your score in relation to the scores of others.


  • If you scored less than six (6) there is a LOW PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.


  • If you scored between six (6) and ten (10) there is a STRONG PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.


  • If you scored more than ten (10) there is a VERY HIGH PROBABILITY that sexual addiction is present.

Your score 14


In addition, there are certain subscales that can help you understand your situation more fully. The following patterns emerged in your answers:



A profile consistent with persons struggling with sexually compulsive behavior on the internet

A profile consistent with men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior

A profile consistent with women who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior

A profile consistent with homosexual men who struggle with sexually compulsive behavior

The SAST also measures key characteristics of addiction.  The following characteristics of addictive disorder appeared in your answers:



Preoccupation: obsessive thinking about sexual behavior, opportunities, and fantasies

Loss of control: inability to stop behavior despite commitments to self and others and despite problems caused by behavior

Relationship disturbance: sexual behavior has created significant relationship problems

Affect disturbance: significant depression, despair, or anxiety over sexual behavior





You have just completed the Sexual Addiction Screening Test or SAST (version 3.1). This assessment tool has been used since 1983 to help determine if sexual addiction is a problem. This version of the SAST is new. It was updated to reflect changes in sexual behavior since the 1980's and to be of assistance whatever your gender or sexual orientation might be. The database on which the assessment is made is composed of thousands of clinical patients, on-line assessments (such as this one), and non-clinical populations. Please remember that this is a new version so scoring may be adjusted with more research. It also is a simple screening tool which helps you sort out whether you have a problem or not. If you do have a concern, it is very important to see a trained therapist who understands sexual addiction. At the Pastoral Center for Healing we have therapists who have just this sort of training and are ready to be of help to you.  For a free phone consultation regarding your next steps, give us a call at 730-6196.

We hope this process has been helpful to you.