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Shaping Sexual Behaviors & Sexual Scripts

Pornography and the Sexual Socialization of Children

Pornography and the Sexual Socialization of Children: Current Knowledge and a Theoretical FutureFull Article Name: Pornography and the Sexual Socialization of Children: Current Knowledge and a Theoretical Future

Open Access: No

Abstract

Academics and lay people alike have contended for decades that children view pornography and are affected by this exposure. Pornography studies that actually sample children are a new phenomenon, however. This commentary summarizes what we currently know about children’s exposure to pornography and the attitudinal and behavioral correlates of exposure. The author concludes with a call for research on factors that may moderate the effects of exposure and suggests that studies use the sexual script acquisition, activation, and application model of media sexual socialization as a theoretical guide.

Citation

Wright, P. J. (2014). Pornography and the sexual socialization of children: Current knowledge and a theoretical future. Journal of Children and Media, 8(3), 305-312. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093650218796363