International Sex Survey

International Sex Survey

Description :

The International Sex Survey (ISS) is a large, cross-cultural study that examines sexuality, including its positive (e.g., sexual satisfaction, sexual desire) and negative aspects (e.g., sexual risk-taking, sexual function problems) via an anonymous online survey. The ISS study is being carried out in over 40 countries, so that we can compare results between different cultures, and gain a more global understanding of sexuality around the world.

What are the ISS study objectives?

Healthy sexuality is an integral part of the human experience and wellbeing. However, some sexual behaviours may result in significant distress or impairment in different life areas (e.g., work issues). Our mission is to systematically examine why and for whom some sexual behaviours may result in optimal or adverse outcomes, and help people who may experience sexual problems.

What are the implications of the ISS?

With the results of this study, we will be able to:

  1. Provide publicly available measurement scales in several languages that can reliably assess different sexual behaviours that may be used in future research and practice
  2. Identify risk and protective factors that can contribute to the development of sexual problems
  3. Identify at-risk groups that may benefit from future prevention and intervention programs

Who are the main researchers in the ISS team?

➢ Dr. Beáta Bőthe, Ph.D., Principal investigator, Université de Montréal, Canada

➢ Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics, Ph.D., D.Sc., Co-investigator, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

➢ Dr. Shane W. Kraus, Ph.D., Co-investigator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

➢ Dr. Marc N. Potenza, Ph.D., M.D., Co-investigator, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA; Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, Wethersfield, USA; Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven, USA

➢ Mónika Koós, MA & Léna Nagy, MA, Co-investigators, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary

Canadian investigators:

➢ Dr. Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D., Collaborator, Université de Montréal, Canada

➢ Dr. Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Ph.D., Collaborator, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada

If you want to know more:

Please visit the International Sex Survey website: