1Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Hong Kong, P.R. China
2Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
3Centre for Innovative Programmes for Adolescents and Families, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, P.R. China
4Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai, P.R. China
5Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, P.R. China
6Division of Adolescent Medicine, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, United States of America
Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development. 20177011, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2017-7011, November 2016
The purpose of the current study was to explore how positive youth development and family functioning were related to unintentional and intentional exposure to online pornography in Chinese adolescents. A total of 1401 secondary school students (mean age=12.43) participated in the study. Findings suggested that positive youth development and family functioning were associated with lower exposure to online pornography. In particular, higher levels of spirituality, social competence, mutuality and communication were associated with lower levels of both types of exposure to online pornography. Discussion focuses on the importance of promoting positive youth development and family functioning as protective factors against the negative influence of pornography among Chinese adolescents.