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NCJ Number: 226656 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescence, Pornography and Harm
Author(s): Colleen Bryant
Date Published: February 2009
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 978 1921532 14 6
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper examines social factors that place young people at increased risk of exposure, or of experiencing potentially negative outcomes from early exposure, to pornography.
Abstract: Males may be most vulnerable to harmful effects of pornography due to typically earlier and greater exposure and greater exposure in unregulated markets and because sexual focus in male homosociality both encourages use and endorses its most problematic aspects. Even though restricting exposure remains a priority, an over-reliance on this approach to protect against the perceived harms of pornography fails to recognize the realities of ready availability and the high acceptance of pornography among young people, and it fails to examine the holistic way in which adolescents’ sexual expectations, attitudes, and behaviors are shaped in society and the complexity of factors that give rise to the cited harms. To protect young people requires equipping them with adequate knowledge, skills and resources to enable successful navigation toward a sexually healthy adulthood and tackling factors predisposing to sexual violence. Further research is recommended to assess patterns of pornography use over time; correlates of harm; pornography use in defining and enacting adolescent sexuality; how emerging media will change exposure; and the cultural impacts of usage. The probability that young persons will have exposure to pornography prior to the age of 18 is very high. Drawing on recent Australian and international research, this paper examines the degree and risks of pornography exposure focusing on demographic, social, and personal characteristics. 1 figure and 23 references
Main Term(s): Pornography
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Youth development
Note: Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice No. 368, February 2009; downloaded March 10, 2009.
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