Consumption of pornographic materials among early adolescents in Hong Kong: profiles and psychosocial correlates (2012)

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Daniel T.L. Shek1–5, , , , / Cecilia M.S. Ma1

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China

2Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China

3Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R. China

4Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, P.R. China

5Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, KY, USA

Corresponding author: Professor Daniel T.L. Shek, PhD, FHKPS, BBS, JP, Chair Professor of Aplied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room HJ407, Core H, Hunghom, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development. Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 143–150, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0024, May 2012

Abstract

Consumption of pornographic materials was examined in 3328 Secondary 1 students in Hong Kong. Results showed that over 90% of the respondents had never consumed pornographic materials in the past year. Compared to traditional pornography, internet pornography was the most common medium that participants used when viewing pornographic materials. Males reported a higher level of pornography exposure than females did. Results showed that different measures of positive youth development and family functioning were related to adolescents’ consumption of pornographic materials. In general, higher levels of positive youth development and better family functioning were related to a lower level of pornography consumption. The relative contribution of positive youth development and family factors to consumption of pornographic materials was also explored.

Keywords: Chinese adolescents; family functioning; positive youth development; Project P.A.T.H.S., pornographic material consumption