School of Behavioral Sciences


Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)


Fred Volk


Pornography, Relationship Satisfaction, Religious Coping, SBW


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Pornography use is wide-spread, and its detrimental effects are clearly outlined in the literature. In contrast to the abundance of literature related to male use and its influence on the user, female partners, and relationships, there is a dearth of empirical findings addressing racial differences and various coping mechanisms potentially moderating the link between pornography use, mental health outcomes, and relationship satisfaction. To this end, the present study examined the mental health outcomes of female partners, as moderated by religious coping and the strong Black woman (SBW) stereotypy, and the subsequent effect on relationship satisfaction. Participants in the study completed assessments to evaluate the degree to which they embody characteristics consistent with the SBW stereotypy, levels of religious coping, presence and level of depression and anxiety, and overall relationship satisfaction. Two-hundred and seventy-five female participants, obtained via Qualtrics, were all in committed relationships with partners who use pornography, and did not use pornography with their partner. The results of this quantitative study indicated partner pornography use is predictive of less relationship satisfaction for European American women, depression is predictive of less relationship satisfaction for European and African American women, and neither SBW stereotypy nor religious coping are statistically significant moderators for mental health or relationship satisfaction for female partners of pornography users.