Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Examining the Relationship between Early Exposure to Violent Pornography and Age at First Exposure to Pornography: Effects on Sexual Coercion and Sadistic Behavior in a Non-Offender Sample
by Lillie, Megan K., Ph.D., Palo Alto University, 2017, 134; 10622012
Abstract (Summary)

Sexual assault is a serious issue, and more information is needed to understand the causes and risk factors to implement intervention and prevention strategies. Research has demonstrated that early sexualization experiences, including exposure to pornography may impact the development of sexual fantasy and may be a risk factor for engaging in sexually coercive behaviors. Notably, deviant sexual fantasy has been shown to impact deviant sexual behavior among sexual offenders. Sadistic behavior represents one type of deviant interest that may be impacted by sexual fantasy. Investigating these relationships in a sample of non-offenders can help elucidate the causes and risk factors for sexually coercive behaviors. Sadistic fantasy, sadistic behavior, sexual coercion, and pornography use scales from the Multidimensional Inventory of Development, Sex, and Aggression, as well as age at first exposure to pornography were utilized to examine whether early exposure to violent pornography impacts later sadistic behavior, and whether this relationship is mediated by sadistic sexual fantasy. Results indicate that sexually sadistic fantasies mediate the relationship between early exposure to violent pornography and sexually sadistic behaviors, as well as the relationship between early exposure to violent pornography and sexually coercive behaviors. However, sexually sadistic fantasies did not mediate the relationship between age at first exposure to pornography and sexually sadistic behavior or sexually coercive behaviors. These results help to clarify the impact of early exposure to violent pornography in the etiology of sexual deviance. Implications for these results include targeting violent pornography use, as well as the presence of deviant sexual fantasies, for the purposes of prevention and intervention in offender samples as well as adolescent non-offenders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fanniff, Amanda M.
Commitee: Weaver, Chris, Wickham, Robert
School: Palo Alto University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Pornography, Sadism, Sexual coercion
Publication Number: 10622012
ISBN: 978-1-392-29088-0
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