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“U.S. State Laws Addressing Human Trafficking: Education of and Mandatory Reporting by Health Care Providers and Other Professionals”

Posted on November 9, 2016, in Psychological, Sex Trafficking, Uncategorized

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Title: "US State Laws Addressing Human Trafficking: Education of and Mandatory Reporting by Health Care Providers and Other Professionals."
Publication: Journal of Human Trafficking
Author: Atkinson, Holly G., et al.
Date: 05/31/2016

ABSTRACT Human trafficking is a global problem and constitutes a grave human rights violation, affecting more than 20 million individuals worldwide. This brutal crime often results in both short- and long-term physical and psychological harm to its victims. We provide a systematic review of U.S. laws that address education about human trafficking and/or mandatory reporting […]

“Acting Like a Tough Guy: Violent-Sexist Video Games, Identification with Game Characters, Masculine Beliefs, & Empathy for Female Violence Victims”

Posted on November 9, 2016, in Men, Psychological, Research, Sexual Violence

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Title: "Acting Like a Tough Guy: Violent-Sexist Video Games, Identification with Game Characters, Masculine Beliefs, & Empathy for Female Violence Victims"
Publication: PLoS one
Author: Gabbiadini, Alessandro, et al.
Date: 04/13/2016

Abstract Empathy—putting oneself in another’s shoes—has been described as the “social glue” that holds society together. This study investigates how exposure to sexist video games can decrease empathy for female violence victims. We hypothesized that playing violent-sexist video games would increase endorsement of masculine beliefs, especially among participants who highly identify with dominant and aggressive […]

“Prosecuting Image Exploitation”

Posted on November 9, 2016, in Child Pornography, Pornography Laws, Psychological

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Title: "Prosecuting Image Exploitation"
Publication: Strategies: The Prosecuter's Letter on Violence Against Women
Author: Anderson, Jane, et al.
Date: 03/16/2015

Introduction Image exploitation is a distinct form of sexual abuse, involving the nonconsensual creation, possession, or distribution of an image or images depicting the victim as nude, semi-nude, engaged in consensual sexual activity, or being sexually assaulted. The image in question may be a photograph, screenshot, or video recording. By using cell phones, email, social […]

“Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviors”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Addiction, Brain Science, Psychological, Research

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Title: "Neural Correlates of Sexual Cue Reactivity in Individuals with and without Compulsive Sexual Behaviors"
Publication: PLoS ONE
Author: Voon, Valerie, et al.
Date: 07/11/2014

Abstract Although compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) has been conceptualized as a “behavioural” addiction and common or overlapping neural circuits may govern the processing of natural and drug rewards, little is known regarding the responses to sexually explicit materials in individuals with and without CSB. Here, the processing of cues of varying sexual content was assessed […]

“More Than a Dalliance? Pornography Consumption and Extramarital Sex Attitudes among Married U.S. Adults”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Marriage, Psychological, Relationships, Research

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Title: "More Than a Dalliance? Pornography Consumption and Extramarital Sex Attitudes among Married U.S. Adults"
Publication: Psychology of Popular Media Culture
Author: Wright, Paul J., et al.
Date: 04/15/2014

Abstract Extramarital sex is one of the most commonly cited reasons for divorce. U.S. adults who have more positive extramarital sex attitudes are more likely to engage in extramarital sex. Given pornography’s positive portrayal of extramarital sex, several recent studies have explored whether people who consume pornography have a more positive attitude toward extramarital sex. […]

“Pornography Use as a Risk Marker for an Aggressive Pattern of Behavior among Sexually Reactive Children and Adolescents”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Children, Psychological, Research, Teens

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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.
Date: 01/14/2009

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 […]

“Sex in America Online: An Exploration of Sex, Marital Status, and Sexual Identity in Internet Sex Seeking and Its Impacts”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Psychological, Relationships, Research, Self-Image

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Title: "Sex in America Online: An Exploration of Sex, Marital Status, and Sexual Identity in Internet Sex Seeking and Its Impacts"
Publication: The Journal of Sex Research
Author: Albright, Julie M.
Date: 06/14/2008

Abstract This was an exploratory study of sex and relationship seeking on the Internet, based on a survey of 15,246 respondents in the United States Seventy-five percent of men and 41% of women had intentionally viewed or downloaded porn. Men and gays/lesbians were more likely to access porn or engage in other sex-seeking behaviors online […]

“Frequent Users of Pornography. A Population Based Epidemiological Study of Swedish Male Adolescents”

Posted on November 1, 2016, in Men, Psychological, Research, Statistics

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Title: "Frequent Users of Pornography. A Population Based Epidemiological Study of Swedish Male Adolescents"
Publication: Journal of Adolescence
Author: Âkerman, Ingrid, et al.
Date: 04/10/2010

Abstract Frequent use of pornography has not been sufficiently studied before. In a Swedish survey 2015 male students aged 18 years participated. A group of frequent users of pornography (N = 200, 10.5%) were studied with respect to background and psychosocial correlates. The frequent users had a more positive attitude to pornography, were more often […]

Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos: A Content Analysis Update


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Title: Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos: A Content Analysis Update
Publication: Violence Against Women (Vol.16, Iss. 10
Author: Ana J. Bridges, Robert Wosnitzer, Erica Scharrer, Chyng Sun, and Rachael Liberman
Date: 10/01/2010

Abstract This current study analyzes the content of popular pornographic videos, with the objectives of updating depictions of aggression, degradation, and sexual practices and comparing the study’s results to previous content analysis studies. Findings indicate high levels of aggression in pornography in both verbal and physical forms. Of the 304 scenes analyzed, 88.2% contained physical […]