School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
Pornography, Sexting, School Counselors, Prevention, Intervention, Children, Child, Teenagers, Adolescents
Counseling | Education
Atwell, Natalie, "School Counselor Experiences or Perspectives in an Age of Increasing Pornography Use and Sexual Behaviors of Students" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1970.
This study explored school counselor interactions or perspectives concerning the impact of pornography use and sexual behaviors among students in K-12 education. Participants, comprised of 51 school counselors in a suburban district in North Carolina, were given a qualitative survey in this case study for the purpose of exploring interactions such as challenging incidents and training needs. Results suggested that school counselors are involved with students impacted by pornography use and sexual behaviors through indirect and direct services, however, school counselors do not report feeling adequately trained to effectively help students in these areas. This study provides implications for further inquiry, further policy, and further training, programming, and implementation of services for school counselors in terms of interacting with students impacted by pornography use and sexual behaviors.