Publication Date

Spring 4-18-2013


College of Arts and Sciences


Psychology: Clinical/Experimental

Primary Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, General; Psychology, Psychometrics


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


Clinical Psychology | Other Psychology


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.