Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-18-2013

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Psychology: Clinical/Experimental

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, General; Psychology, Psychometrics

Keywords

Pornography, mental health, addiction, depression, narcissism, somatization, general severity, anxiety, addiction

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology | Other Psychology

Abstract

This study aims to understand the differences between mental health disorders in a sample of pornography users, addicts, and non-users. Participants in the study included males and females who visited a paraprofessional counseling center on a college campus (n=1048). Between non-users and users of pornography, one-way analysis of variance planned comparison results indicated that participants significantly differed in scores of Depression, Anxiety, and Global Severity Index as measured by the Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI 18). Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious behaviors as measured by the Ottawa Self-Injury Inventory; and Grandiosity/Narcissism as measured by the Spiritual Assessment Inventory. Independent sample t-test scores indicated that self-reported pornography addicts and non-addicted pornography users only differed in scores of Somatization as measured by the BSI 18.

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