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A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents’ Pornography Use Frequency, Motivations, and Problematic Use Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bőthe Beáta, Vaillancourt-Morel Marie-Pier, Dion Jacinthe, Paquette Marie-Michèle, Massé-Pfister Maude, Tóth-Király István et Bergeron Sophie. (2022). A Longitudinal Study of Adolescents’ Pornography Use Frequency, Motivations, and Problematic Use Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51, (1), p. 139-156.

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URL officielle: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-021-02282-4

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in pornography use has been reported based on cross-sectional findings, raising concerns about associated adverse outcomes, such as problematic pornography use (PPU). The aims of the present study were to document potential changes in adolescents' pornography use frequency, motivations, and PPU before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of an ongoing study on adolescents' sexual health, we used a large sample (NTime 1 = 1771; 47.6% girls, Mage = 15.42 years, SD = 0.59) to examine changes from baseline (before the COVID-19 pandemic) to one year later (during the COVID-19 pandemic) in adolescents' self-reported pornography use frequency, motivations, and PPU, using latent change models and examining potential gender differences. No significant changes were observed in adolescents' pornography use frequency and pornography use motivations, and no gender differences were present in these trends. Although statistically significant, slight decrease was observed in boys' PPU levels, and a statistically significant, slight increase was observed in girls' PPU levels, these changes were very small, providing no practical or clinical relevance. In sum, despite previous propositions, concerns, and cross-sectional findings, longitudinal results suggest that adolescents' pornography use characteristics were rather stable between November 2019 and June 2021, and the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns might not have led to general increases in adolescents' pornography use as it was expected.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
ISSN:0004-0002
Volume:51
Numéro:1
Pages:p. 139-156
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:2022
Identifiant unique:10.1007/s10508-021-02282-4
Sujets:Sciences sociales et humaines
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales
Sciences sociales et humaines > Sciences sociales > Psychologie
Sciences de la santé
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Module de psychologie
Mots-clés:adolescents, COVID-19, motivation, pornography, problematic pornography use, pandemics, sexual behavior, pornographie, adolescence, usage problématique de la pornographie, pandémie, comportement sexuel
Déposé le:30 nov. 2022 16:37
Dernière modification:20 janv. 2023 05:00
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