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NCJ Number: 219535 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Pornography in Sexual Offending
Journal: Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:2007  Pages:95-117
Author(s): Philipe Bensimon
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 23
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews the research literature regarding the association between exposure to pornography and sexual offenses.
Abstract: Results indicated that, to date, research has failed to establish a direct cause-and-effect link between the consumption of pornographic materials and sexual offending behavior. Generally, the literature review revealed mixed findings regarding the link between pornography and sexual offending, although there was one point of agreement in these studies: the availability and exposure to pornography does nothing to dissuade pornography consumers from engaging in sexually offending behavior. In one study of juvenile offenders it was found that juvenile sex offenders were more likely to have been exposed to pornography between the ages of 5 and 8 years. The inconsistent findings in the research literature regarding the use of pornography as a predictor or precursor to sexual offending can be attributed to differing research methodologies, including differences in participant sampling strategies, measures of pornography exposure, and even the genres of pornography included in the studies. Although direct links between pornography and sexual offending have not been conclusively made, the author discusses the desensitizing impact of pornography on consumers of pornographic materials. Scant research has been conducted concerning the impact of pornography on incarcerated offenders. This is an important avenue for future research. Footnotes, references
Main Term(s): Pornography; Sex offense causes
Index Term(s): Causal models; Literature reviews
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