The purpose of this dissertation was to study group differences in sexual attitudes and behaviors between young adults who have had high exposure to sexual imagery on the internet when compared to those who have significantly lower exposure. This researcher utilized a correlational research design to obtain information on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of 111 young adults through questionnaires that measured exposure to Internet Sexual Imagery (ISI) along with high risk sexual behaviors, sexual compulsivity and sexual permissiveness. There was a significant relationship between exposure to sexual imagery, sexual compulsivity F(1, 98) = .28.27, MSE = .8.84, p < .01, partial η2= .22 and the permissiveness F (1, 98) = 5.6, MSE = 6.7, p = .02, partial η2= .54 while controlling for gender, race, religion and geographical location. There was not a significant relationship, however, between exposure to ISI and engagement in high risk sexual behaviors F(1, 92) = .2, MSE = 3.4, p = .67, partial η2 = .002. Gender, race, religion and geographical location did not have a significant effect in this study.
|Advisor:||Underwood, Lee A.|
|Commitee:||Blue, Michael A., Newmeyer, Mark|
|Department:||School of Psychology & Counseling|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Internet pornography, Internet use, Permissiveness, Sexual attitudes, Sexual compulsion, Sexual imagery|
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