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Research papers

Here are some research papers we recommend relating to: rates of porn exposure and usage; the impacts of porn on attitudes, beliefs and behaviours; the impacts of porn on mental health; and porn as a sexual and reproductive health educator.

Rates of exposure and usage

Donevan M, Mattebo M. The relationship between frequent pornography consumption, behaviours, and sexual preoccupancy among male adolescents in Sweden. Sexual & reproductive healthcare: official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives. 2017 Jun; 12:82.

Parker I, Institute for Public Policy Research (London, England). Young people, sex and relationships: The new norms. Institute for Public Policy Research; 2014.

Pizzol D, Bertoldo A, Foresta C. Adolescents and web porn: a new era of sexuality. International journal of adolescent medicine and health. 2016 May 1;28(2):169-73.

Martellozzo E, Monaghan A, Adler JR, Davidson J, Leyva R, Horvath MA. ” I wasn’t sure it was normal to watch it…” A quantitative and qualitative examination of the impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of children and young people. 2016.

Impacts of porn on shaping sexist attitudes and beliefs

Horvath MA, Alys L, Massey K, Pina A, Scally M, Adler JR. Basically… porn is everywhere. A rapid assessment on the effect that access and exposure to pornography has on children and young people. 2013.

Klaassen MJ, Peter J. Gender (in) equality in Internet pornography: A content analysis of popular pornographic Internet videos. The Journal of Sex Research. 2015 Sep 2;52(7):721-35.

Parker I, Institute for Public Policy Research (London, England). Young people, sex and relationships: The new norms. Institute for Public Policy Research; 2014.

Impacts of porn on behaviour including violence

Bridges AJ, Wosnitzer R, Scharrer E, Sun C, Liberman R. Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update. Violence against women. 2010 Oct;16(10):1065-85.

Donevan M, Mattebo M. The relationship between frequent pornography consumption, behaviours, and sexual preoccupancy among male adolescents in Sweden. Sexual & reproductive healthcare: official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives. 2017 Jun;12:82.

Lim MS, Carrotte ER, Hellard ME. The impact of pornography on gender-based violence, sexual health and well-being: what do we know?. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2016 Jan 1;70(1):3-5.

Wright PJ, Tokunaga RS, Kraus A. A meta-analysis of pornography consumption and actual acts of sexual aggression in general population studies. Journal of Communication. 2015 Dec 29;66(1):183-205.

Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ, Hamburger M, Diener‐West M, Leaf PJ. X‐rated material and perpetration of sexually aggressive behavior among children and adolescents: is there a link?. Aggressive Behavior. 2011 Jan 1;37(1):1-8.

Foubert JD. The Public Health Harms of Pornography: The Brain, Erectile Dysfunction, and Sexual Violence. Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence. 2017;2(3):6.

Impacts of porn on mental health

Doornwaard SM, van Den Eijnden RJ, Baams L, Vanwesenbeeck I, Ter Bogt TF. Lower psychological well-being and excessive sexual interest predict symptoms of compulsive use of sexually explicit internet material among adolescent boys. Journal of youth and adolescence. 2016 Jan 1;45(1):73-84.

Simonis M, Manocha R, Ong J. Female genital cosmetic surgery: a cross-sectional survey exploring knowledge, attitude and practice of general practitioners. BMJ Open. 2016;6(9):e013010.

Bőthe B, Tóth-Király I, Zsila Á, Griffiths M, Demetrovics Z, Orosz G. The Development of the Problematic Pornography Consumption Scale (PPCS). The Journal of Sex Research. 2017;55(3):395-406.

Pornography as a sexual and reproductive health educator

Hooley EM. The Relationship Between Transmission of Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitude, and Culture. Andrews University; 2018.

P, Bridges A, Sun C, Ezzell M, Johnson J. Personal Pornography Viewing and Sexual Satisfaction: A Quadratic Analysis. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 2017;44(3):308-315.

Impacts of porn on risky sexual behaviours

Smith L.W., Liu B, Degenhardt L, Richters J, Patton G, Wand H, Cross D, Hocking JS, Skinner SR, Cooper S, Lumby C. Is sexual content in new media linked to sexual risk behaviour in young people? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sexual health. 2016 Nov 1;13(6):501-15.

Quadara, A., El-Murr, A. & Latham, J. (2017). The effects of pornography on children and young people: An evidence scan. (Research Report). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

We also recommend

The Australian e-childhood statement of research relating to the potential harms of online pornography to children
https://www.echildhood.org/statement

The Australian Institute of Family Studies robust research review on the potential effects of online pornography on children and young people and the messages pornography generates about gender, equality and sexuality.
https://aifs.gov.au/publications/effects-pornography-children-and-young-people-snapshot

Rothman E, Adhia A, Christensen T, Paruk J, Alder J, Daley N. A Pornography Literacy Class for Youth: Results of a Feasibility and Efficacy Pilot Study. American Journal of Sexuality Education. 2018;13(1):1-17. 

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