X-rated material and perpetration of sexually aggressive behavior among children and adolescents: is there a link?

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Longitudinal linkages between intentional exposure to x-rated material and sexually aggressive behavior were examined among youth 10-15 year olds surveyed nationally in the United States. At Wave 1 in 2006, participants (n = 1,588) were queried about these exposures and outcomes in the preceding 12 months. Wave 2 data (n = 1,206) were collected approximately 12 months after Wave 1 and Wave 3 data (n = 1,159) were collected approximately 24 months after Wave 1. Thus, data for this project represent a 36-month time frame. A marginal model with generalized estimating equations was used to represent the population-average odds of sexually aggressive behavior over the 36 months as a function of exposure to x-rated material over the same time and to account for clustering in the data within person over time. An average of 5% of youth reported perpetrating sexually aggressive behavior and 23% of youth reported intentional exposure to x-rated material. After adjusting for other potentially influential proximal (i.e., sexual aggression victimization) and distal characteristics (e.g., substance use), we found that intentional exposure to violent x-rated material over time predicted an almost 6-fold increase in the odds of self-reported sexually aggressive behavior (aOR: 5.8, 95% CI: 3.2, 10.5), whereas exposure to nonviolent x-rated material was not statistically significantly related (aOR: 1.7, 95% CI: 0.94, 2.9). Associations were similar for boys and girls (boys nonviolent x-rated material aOR = 2.0, 95% CI: 0.8, 4.7; violent x-rated material aOR = 6.5, 95% CI: 2.7, 15.3; girls nonviolent x-rated material aOR = 1.2, 95% CI: 0.5, 3.2; violet x-rated material aOR = 6.1, 95% CI: 2.5, 14.8).
  • Authors

  • Ybarra, Michele L
  • Mitchell, Kimberly
  • Hamburger, Merle
  • Diener-West, Marie
  • Leaf, Philip J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • January 2011
  • Published In

    Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Aggression
  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Data Collection
  • Erotica
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Odds Ratio
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Violence
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 21046607
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 18
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 1