Pornography Use in Adolescents and Its Clinical Implications

Josep M. Farré, Angel L. Montejo, Miquel Agulló, Roser Granero, Carlos Chiclana Actis, Alejandro Villena, Eudald Maideu, Marta Sánchez, Fernando Fernández-Aranda, Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Gemma Mestre-Bach

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Abstract

(1) Background: The Differential Susceptibility to Media Effects Model (DSMM) suggests that pornography use effects are conditional and they depend on dispositional, developmental, and social differential susceptibility variables. This framework also highlights that the differential susceptibility variables act as predictors of pornography use and as moderators of the effect of pornography on criterion variables. (2) Methods: By administering a survey to n = 1500 adolescents, we tested whether these assumptions were met. (3) Results: Pornography use was related to being male and older, having a bisexual or undefined sexual orientation, higher substance use, being non-Muslim, and reporting sexual interest and the use of the media to obtain sexual information. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) showed that higher levels in the criterion variables were directly related to pornography use, older age, substance use, and being women. Some mediational links also emerged. Pornography use mediated between the age and criterion variables. Moreover, substance use mediated the association between age and gender with the criterion variables. (4) Conclusions: Our findings support the clinical applicability of the theoretical DSMM framework. Knowing adolescent pornography consumers’ profiles and the impact of pornography on this population would allow for the designing of more effective prevention and regulation proposals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number3625
Pages (from-to)3625
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • COLLEGE-STUDENTS
  • CONSUMPTION
  • EXPLICIT INTERNET MATERIAL
  • EXPOSURE
  • INITIATION
  • MEDIA
  • SEXUAL ATTITUDES
  • TAIWANESE ADOLESCENTS
  • TRAJECTORIES
  • VIOLENCE
  • adolescents
  • gender
  • porn
  • pornography
  • risky behaviors
  • sexuality

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