The importance of individual differences in pornography use: theoretical perspectives and implications for treating sexual offenders (2009)

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J Sex Res. 2009 Mar-Jun;46(2-3):216-32. doi: 10.1080/00224490902747701.

Kingston DA1, Malamuth NM, Fedoroff P, Marshall WL.


This article reviews the extant literature regarding pornography's influence on antisocial attitudes, sexual arousal, and sexually aggressive behavior in both noncriminal and criminal samples.

The article concludes that when examined in the context of multiple, interacting factors, the findings are highly consistent across experimental and nonexperimental studies and across differing populations in showing that pornography use can be a risk factor for sexually aggressive outcomes, principally for men who are high on other risk factors and who use pornography frequently.

Finally, this article presents theoretical implications based on these findings, as well as some clinical implications relevant to the assessment and treatment of sexual offenders.

PMID: 19308844

DOI: 10.1080/00224490902747701