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Exploring the way sexually explicit material informs sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey

Charles, Peter; Meyrick, Jane

Authors

Peter Charles

Jane Meyrick Jane.Meyrick@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology



Abstract

Little research has examined how exposure to sexually explicit material may affect beliefs, attitudes and actions of young men. This study explored self-reported effects on young males. A ‘snowballed’ sample of males aged 18–25 years was recruited within one workplace (11/40 response rate). The qualitative survey data were analysed using thematic analysis. Key themes included increased levels of availability/extreme content of sexually explicit material, seen by young men having negative effects on sexual attitudes/behaviours. Participants reported confusion between real and sexually explicit material which informed expectations of a healthy sex life but may be mediated by potential ‘buffers’ of family openness or sex education.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Charles, P., & Meyrick, J. (in press). Exploring the way sexually explicit material informs sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey. Journal of Health Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105318788736
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105318788736
Keywords young men, sexually explicit material, pornography
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105318788736
Additional Information Additional Information : Copyright(c)2018 Reprinted by permission of SAGE publications.

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