Factors associated with exposure to violent or degrading pornography among high school students

From The Journal of School Nursing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Children and adolescents are greatly exposed to pornographic material. In an Italian study, almost all male and two third of female adolescents had been exposed to pornographic material. In line with studies from Northern Europe and the United States. Concerns about the potentially harmful effects of pornography exposure have intensified in the last decade, mainly due to the increasing availability of sexually explicit materials on the Internet

The purpose of this study was to analyze pornography exposure in a sample of 702 Italian adolescents. The main objectives were to describe the frequency and characteristics of exposure to violent/degrading pornography in a sample of Italian high school students and to analyze whether there are differences—in terms of sociodemographic characteristics, victimization history, and social and at-risk behaviors—between adolescents who do not watch pornography, those who watch nonviolent/degrading pornography, and those who watch violent/degrading pornography.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze pornography exposure in a sample of 702 Italian adolescents (46% males; mean age = 18.2, SD = 0.8). Among male students, 11% were not exposed, 44.5% were exposed to nonviolent material, and 44.5% were exposed to violent/degrading material. Among female students, 60.8% were not exposed, 20.4% were exposed to nonviolent material, and 18.8% were exposed to violent/degrading material. Among males, adjusted odds ratio (AdjOR) of exposure to violent/degrading pornography were higher if using alcohol, having friends who sell/buy sex, and taking sexual pictures. Females who were victims of family violence, attending technical/vocational schools, and taking sexual pictures had higher AdjOR of watching violent pornography; smoking and having friends who sell/buy sex were associated with both nonviolent and violent/degrading exposure. Exposure to violent/degrading pornography is common among adolescents, associated with at-risk behaviors, and, for females, it correlates with a history of victimization. School nurses have a pivotal role in including discussions about pornography in interventions about relationships, sexuality, or violence.

 

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Patrizia Romito and Lucia Beltramini
Factors Associated With Exposure to Violent or Degrading Pornography Among High School Students The Journal of School Nursing 1059840514563313, first published on January 6, 2015 doi:10.1177/1059840514563313

high school, adolescents, violence, pornography, gender differences, school nursing, school health services

 

     
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