Exploring the Use of Online Sexually Explicit Material: What Is the Relationship to Sexual Coercion? (2015)

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Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention

Volume 22, 2015 - Issue 3

Valerie M. Gonsalves, Heath Hodges & Mario J. Scalora

Pages 207-221 | Published online: 06 Oct 2015

Abstract

With the popularity of the Internet, it is easy to access online sexually explicit material (OSEM). However, little is known about the possible relationship that viewing OSEM may have to sexually coercive behaviors. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the viewing habits of OSEM related to self-reported sexual aggression.

Results indicated that individuals who identified as having engaged in sexually aggressive behavior endorsed more online sexually compulsive behaviors. Analyses revealed that the amount, as opposed to the type, of OSEM viewed appears to be more related to adverse outcomes.

Additionally, sexually aggressive individuals reported viewing a greater range of OSEM content and engaging in a broader range of OSEM behaviors compared to those who engaged in less sexual coercion.