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Antecedents and consequences of Internet pornography consumption among young adults in Germany

Seidel, K. (2012) Antecedents and consequences of Internet pornography consumption among young adults in Germany.

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Abstract:Objective: Internet Pornography Consumption (IPC) is a current and important issue within the health-related context, displaying considerable advantageous or disadvantageous individual, interpersonal and accordingly societal consequences, dependent on IPC quantity. The present research aims to identify both positive and negative influential concepts by investigating antecedents and consequences of IPC among young adults in Germany. Method: This research is designed as cross-sectional study with one measurement moment. A survey is conducted in Germany by means of online questionnaires. In total 231 young adults participated (18-35 years). Four user-groups based on IPC quantity are classified, indicating non-use, low use, moderate use and high use of Internet Pornography. Results: The concepts presumed to be antecedents (gender, sexual sensation seeking, attitude toward pornography, compulsive IPC and cognitive and affective motives of IPC) are significantly correlated with average weekly Internet Pornography Consumption. Important associated behavioral and cognitive concepts presumed to be consequences of IPC are the average weekly masturbation occasions, sexual permissiveness, overall positive outcome expectancies and previous unhealthy sexual behavior. Against expectation, interpersonal sexual behavior, relationship and sexual satisfaction and overall negative outcome expectancies are not connected to IPC. Conclusion: A multivariate relational analysis identifies that concerning antecedents the attitude toward pornography and being male yield most explanatory value; concerning consequences, the masturbation behavior and sexual permissiveness represent the strongest determinants regarding IPC. Moreover, focusing on individual differences according to user-group classification, several of the behavioral, cognitive and affective concepts serve as profiling aids, illustrating a picture of a ‘typical’ Internet Pornography consumer (dependent on IPC quantity). Implications for further research are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62475
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