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Title: "Impact of Sexual Abuse on Children: A Review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Studies"
Publication: Psychological bulletin 113.1
Author: Kendall-Tackett, Kathleen A., Linda M. Williams, and David Finkelhor
Abstract A review of 45 studies clearly demonstrates that sexually abused children have more symptoms than nonabused children, with abuse accounting for 15–45% of the variance. Fears, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), behavior problems, sexualized behaviors, and poor self-esteem occurred most frequently among a long list of symptoms noted, but no one symptom characterized a majority […]
Title: "Pornography: Does it pose a public health crisis?"
Publication: CQ Researcher
Author: Glazer, Sarah
Introduction Pornography websites attract millions of users each month, reportedly more than either CNN, Amazon or Twitter. A recent phenomenon, “tube” sites, is competing with the traditional porn industry by providing large amounts of free pornographic content from amateur or pirated videos. Because the sites are easy to access through computers or cell phones, children […]
“University Males’ Sexual Interest in Children: Predicting Potential Indices Of ‘Pedophilia’ In a Nonforensic Sample”
Title: "University Males' Sexual Interest in Children: Predicting Potential Indices Of 'Pedophilia' In a Nonforensic Sample"
Publication: Child Abuse & Neglect 13.1
Author: Briere, John, and Marsha Runtz.
Abstract A survey was administered to 193 male undergraduate students regarding their sexual interest in children, as well as their responses to a number of questions theoretically relevant to pedophilia. In total, 21% of subjects reported sexual attraction to some small children, 9% described sexual fantasies involving children, 5% admitted to having masturbated to such […]
“Adult Victimization in Female Survivors of Childhood Violence and Abuse: The Contribution of Multiple Types of Violence”
Title: "Adult Victimization in Female Survivors of Childhood Violence and Abuse: The Contribution of Multiple Types of Violence"
Publication: Violence Against Women
Author: Aakvaag, HF, et al.
Abstract Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a well-established risk factor for adult victimization in women, but little is known about the importance of relationship to perpetrator and exposure to other violence types. This study interviewed 2,437 Norwegian women (response rate = 45.0%) about their experiences with violence. Logistic regression analyses were employed to estimate associations […]
“Pornography Use as a Risk Marker for an Aggressive Pattern of Behavior among Sexually Reactive Children and Adolescents”
Title: "Pornography Use as a Risk Marker for an Aggressive Pattern of Behavior among Sexually Reactive Children and Adolescents"
Publication: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
Author: Alexy, Eillen M., et al.
Abstract Sexually reactive children and adolescents (SRCAs), sometimes referred to as juvenile sexual offenders, may be more vulnerable and likely to experience damaging effects from pornography use because they are a high-risk group for a variety of aggressive behaviors. The purpose of this study is to describe the characteristics of those who use pornography and […]
“‘I Wasn’t Sure It Was Normal To Watch It…’ A Quantitiative and Qualititative Examination of the Impact of Online Pornography on the Values, Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviours of Children and Young People”
Title: "'I Wasn't Sure It Was Normal To Watch It...' A Quantitiative and Qualititative Examination of the Impact of Online Pornography on the Values, Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviours of Children and Young People"
Author: Martellozzo, Elena, et al.
Summary This paper presents findings about young people’s experiences with online pornography. It draws on data from the first national survey of secondary school boys and girls regarding their attitudes and feelings about online pornography, whether viewing it deliberately or accidentally. To our knowledge, this is the most extensive survey of 11-16 year olds regarding […]
Title: The Making of Sexual Violence: How Does a Boy Grow Up to Commit Rape?
Publication: International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
Author: Brian Heilman, Luciana Hebert, Nastasia Paul-Gera
Women and girls around the world experience staggering levels of rape and other forms of sexual violence. This violence devastates lives, unhinges communities, and hampers greater social and economic development. While the severity, frequency, and purpose of this violence can broaden during times of conflict or emergency, its foundations are laid during “peacetime,” as is […]
Pornography Use and Sexual Aggression: The Impact of Frequency and Type of Pornography Use on Recidivism Among Sexual Offenders
Title: Pornography Use and Sexual Aggression: The Impact of Frequency and Type of Pornography Use on Recidivism Among Sexual Offenders
Publication: Aggressive Behavior (Vol. 34)
Author: Drew A. Kingston1, Paul Fedoroff, Philip Firestone, Susan Curry, John M. Bradford
In this study, we examined the unique contribution of pornography consumption to the longitudinal prediction of criminal recidivism in a sample of 341 child molesters. We specifically tested the hypothesis, based on predictions informed by the confluence model of sexual aggression that pornography will be a risk factor for recidivism only for those individuals classified […]
Title: Adolescents’ Exposure to a Sexualized Media Environment and Their Notions of Women as Sex Objects
Publication: Sex Roles
Author: Jochen Peter, Patti M. Valkenburg
This study was designed to investigate whether adolescents’ exposure to a sexualized media environment is associated with stronger beliefs that women are sex objects. More specifically, we studied whether the association between notions of women as sex objects and exposure to sexual content of varied explicitness (i.e., sexually nonexplicit, semi-explicit, or explicit) and in different […]
Title: Child Pornography Offenses Are a Valid Diagnostic Indicator of Pedophilia
Publication: Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Vol. 115, Iss. 3)
Author: Michael C. Seto, James M. Cantor, Ray Blanchard
This study investigated whether being charged with a child pornography offense is a valid diagnostic indicator of pedophilia, as represented by an index of phallometrically assessed sexual arousal to children. The sample of 685 male patients was referred between 1995 and 2004 for a sexological assessment of their sexual interests and behavior. As a group, […]