Use of pornography and self-reported engagement in sexual violence among adolescents (2007)

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DOI: 10.1080/17405620600562359

Silvia Boninoa, Silvia Ciairanoa*, Emanuela Rabagliettia & Elena Cattelinoa

pages 265-288
Received: 29
Jun
2004
Accepted: 1
Sep
2005
Published online: 17 Feb 2007

Abstract

This cross-sectional study examined 804 adolescents, boys and girls, aged from 14 to 19 years, attending different types of high schools in the northwest of Italy; the questionnaire “Me and My Health” (Bonino, 1996) was used to collect data. The main goals were: (i) to investigate the relationship between active and passive forms of sexual harassment and violence and the relationship between pornography (reading magazines and viewing films or videos) and unwanted sex among adolescents; (ii) to explore the differences in these relationships with respect to gender and age; and (iii) to investigate the factors (pornography, gender and age) that are most likely to promote unwanted sex. The findings showed that active and passive sexual violence and unwanted sex and pornography were correlated. However, reading pornographic material was more strongly linked to active sexual violence, while being a boy was found to be protective against passive sexual violence. Nevertheless, some effects of viewing pornographic films on passive unwanted sex were also found, especially among girls.