Exploring the effect of sexually explicit material on the sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey
Charles, Peter; Meyrick, Jane
Jane Meyrick Jane.Meyrick@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
Research suggests that exposure to Sexually Explicit Material (SEM) has negative effects on the beliefs, attitudes and actions of adolescents, but little research has examines how this may happen. The objective of this study was to address this emerging issue and explore the effect of exposure to SEM on adolescent males in society today in order to build new theory around this gap in the UK literature.
A sample of participants of males aged between 18 – 25 were recruited within one workplace. Of 40 invited, 11 responded to a qualitative survey. Data analysed for themes.
Results and Conclusions
Findings suggest that the key themes are:- increased levels of availability of SEM, including an escalation in extreme content (Everywhere You Look) which are seen by young men in this study as having negative effects on sexual attitudes and behaviours (That's Not Good). Family or sex education may offer some ‘protection’ (Buffers) to the norms young people see in SEM. Data suggests confused views (Real verses Fantasy) around adolescents’ expectations of a healthy sex life (Healthy Sex Life) and appropriate beliefs and behaviours (Knowing Right from Wrong). A potential causal pathway is described and areas of intervention highlighted.
Charles, P., & Meyrick, J. (2016). Exploring the effect of sexually explicit material on the sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey
|Publication Date||Jan 1, 2016|
|Journal||Journal of Sex Research|
|Peer Reviewed||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Keywords||sexual violence, schools, boys|
|Additional Information||Additional Information : House of Commons, Women and Equalities Committee: Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. Third report of session 2016–17|
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