Associations between pornography consumption and sexual practices among adolescents in Sweden (2005)

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Comments: data from 2004 or earlier. Yet it was found that 98% of men, and 72% of women (average age - 18) had ever consumed porn.

Int J STD AIDS. 2005 Feb;16(2):102-7.

Source - Center of Clinical Research, Central Hospital Västerås, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, SE-721 89 Västerås, Uppsala, Sweden. elisabet.haggstrom-nordin@kbh.uu.se

Abstract

Pornography consumption and sexual behaviour were studied, with an aim to investigate any associations. Participants were 718 students from 47 high school classes, mean age 18 years, in a medium-sized Swedish city. More men (98%) than women (72%) had ever consumed pornography.

More male high consumers than low consumers or women got sexually aroused by, fantasized about, or tried to perform acts seen in a pornographic film (P<0.001). Three-quarters of the sample had had sexual intercourse, of which 71% reported contraceptive use at first intercourse. Anal intercourse was reported by 16%, with infrequent condom use (39%).

Intercourse with a friend (adjusted odds ratio (adj. OR) 2.29; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.27-4.12) was significantly associated with high consumption of pornography among men, while anal intercourse (adj. OR 1.99; 95% CI 0.95-4.16) and group sex (adj. OR 1.95; 95% CI 0.70-5.47) tended to be associated. A significant confounder was early age of sexual debut (adj. OR 1.49; 95% CI 1.18-1.88).