Clinical Psychology 12 (2019), 1-2, 5-20

Original scientific paper

Association between usage of sexually explicit material and risky sexual behaviour among young people

Petra Buovac - Department of Psychology, University of Zadar, Zadar
Marina Vidaković - Department of Psychology, University of Zadar, Zadar

Fulltext (croatian, pages 5-20).pdf

Sexually explicit material (SEM) is any material that is showcasing genitalia with an intention of sexual arousal or stimulating imagination through various depictions of sexual acts. Frequent use of such material is often linked with risky sexual behaviour (sexual intercourse under the influence of drugs, casual sexual intercourse) and attitudes (sexually permissive attitudes, sexual activities and intimate relations attitudes). Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the relation between usage of sexually explicit material and risky sexual behaviour (earlier age of first sexual intercourse, use of condoms in most sexual relationships, sexual intercourse with an unknown person). The survey involved 58 male and 85 female students (average age 20.78 years). Participants filled out a sexual risk behaviour survey and scale of sexual attitudes, followed by questions about the use of SEM. The results have shown that there is a significant difference in frequency and types of SEM usage. Male participants were using SEM more often, as well as using more online videos and images. Furthermore, they were exposed to SEM at younger ages. Results have also shown that female participants were less likely to engage in risky sexual activities and sexually permissive attitudes. Positive correlation in frequent usage of SEM and risky sexual behaviour was established when it comes to women, meaning that women who use SEM frequently were more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour. Finally, there was a positive correlation between frequent SEM usage and sexually permissive attitudes in both male and female participants.

sexuality, sexually explicit material, sexual risk behavior, sexually permissive attitudes

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