Viewing Child Pornography: Prevalence and Correlates in a Representative Community Sample of Young Swedish Men
2015 (English)In: Archives of Sexual Behavior, ISSN 0004-0002, E-ISSN 1573-2800, Vol. 44, no 1, 67-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Most research on child pornography use has been based on selected clinical or criminal justice samples; risk factors for child pornography use in the general population remain largely unexplored. In this study, we examined prevalence, risk factors, and correlates of viewing depictions of adult-child sex in a population-representative sample of 1,978 young Swedish men (17-20 years, Mdn = 18 years, overall response rate, 77 %). In an anonymous, school-based survey, participants self-reported sexual coercion experiences, attitudes and beliefs about sex, perceived peer attitudes, and sexual interests and behaviors; including pornography use, sexual interest in children, and sexually coercive behavior. A total of 84 (4.2 %) young men reported they had ever viewed child pornography. Most theory-based variables were moderately and significantly associated with child pornography viewing and were consistent with models of sexual offending implicating both antisociality and sexual deviance. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, 7 of 15 tested factors independently predicted child pornography viewing and explained 42 % of the variance: ever had sex with a male, likely to have sex with a child aged 12-14, likely to have sex with a child 12 or less, perception of children as seductive, having friends who have watched child pornography, frequent pornography use, and ever viewed violent pornography. From these, a 6-item Child Pornography Correlates Scale was constructed and then cross-validated in a similar but independent Norwegian sample.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2015. Vol. 44, no 1, 67-79 p.
Child pornography use; Antisociality; Sexual deviance; Sex offenders against children
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113720DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0244-4ISI: 000346861200010PubMedID: 24515803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113720DiVA: diva2:784661