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Behav. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 1; doi:10.3390/bs6010001

Adolescent Pornography Use and Dating Violence among a Sample of Primarily Black and Hispanic, Urban-Residing, Underage Youth

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Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Massachusetts Ave., Floor 4, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Kresge Building, Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Academic Editor: Steven J. Kirsh
Received: 13 November 2015 / Revised: 14 December 2015 / Accepted: 16 December 2015 / Published: 23 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Youth Aggression and Violence: Causes and Consequences)
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Abstract

This cross-sectional study was designed to characterize the pornography viewing preferences of a sample of U.S.-based, urban-residing, economically disadvantaged, primarily Black and Hispanic youth (n = 72), and to assess whether pornography use was associated with experiences of adolescent dating abuse (ADA) victimization. The sample was recruited from a large, urban, safety net hospital, and participants were 53% female, 59% Black, 19% Hispanic, 14% Other race, 6% White, and 1% Native American. All were 16–17 years old. More than half (51%) had been asked to watch pornography together by a dating or sexual partner, and 44% had been asked to do something sexual that a partner saw in pornography. Adolescent dating abuse (ADA) victimization was associated with more frequent pornography use, viewing pornography in the company of others, being asked to perform a sexual act that a partner first saw in pornography, and watching pornography during or after marijuana use. Approximately 50% of ADA victims and 32% of non-victims reported that they had been asked to do a sexual act that their partner saw in pornography (p = 0.15), and 58% did not feel happy to have been asked. Results suggest that weekly pornography use among underage, urban-residing youth may be common, and may be associated with ADA victimization. View Full-Text
Keywords: pornography; sexually explicit material; adolescent health; dating abuse; partner violence; partner abuse; dating violence pornography; sexually explicit material; adolescent health; dating abuse; partner violence; partner abuse; dating violence
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Rothman, E.F.; Adhia, A. Adolescent Pornography Use and Dating Violence among a Sample of Primarily Black and Hispanic, Urban-Residing, Underage Youth. Behav. Sci. 2016, 6, 1.

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