X-Rated: Sexual attitudes and behaviors associated with U.S. early adolescents’ exposure to sexually explicit media (2009)

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J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2008 Dec 10.

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Abstract

Correlates of use and subsequent sexual attitudes and behaviors predicted by exposure to sexually explicit content (i.e., pornography and erotica) in adult magazines, X-rated movies, and the Internet were examined in a prospective survey of a diverse sample of early adolescents (average age at baseline = 13.6 years; N = 967).

Two-thirds (66%) of males and more than one-third (39%) of females had seen at least one form of sexually explicit media in the past year. At baseline, being black, being older, and having less-educated parents, lower socioeconomic status, and high need for sensation were related to greater exposure for both males and females. Longitudinal analyses showed that early exposure for males predicted less progressive gender role attitudes, more permissive sexual norms, sexual harassment perpetration, and having oral sex and sexual intercourse two years later. Early exposure for females predicted subsequently less progressive gender role attitudes, and having oral sex and sexual intercourse. Implications for healthy sexual socialization are discussed.


From - The Impact of Internet Pornography on Adolescents: A Review of the Research (2012):

In 2009, Brown and L’Engle’s findings supported the studies of H¨aggstr¨om-Nordin et al. (2005) and Kraus and Russell (2008), specifically, that early exposure to sexually explicit material increases the likelihood that both male and females adolescents will engage in oral sex and sexual intercourse earlier than their non-exposed peers. In this study, 66% of male and 39% of female adolescents (N = 967) reported that by the age of 14, they had been exposed to sexually explicit material in the previous year. In addition, 90% of the adolescent males reported having oral sex and 88% reported having sexual intercourse.