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Investigating the Relationship Between Pornography Use and Symptoms of Depression

Kenny, Alan (2022) Investigating the Relationship Between Pornography Use and Symptoms of Depression. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The current study examined the relationship between the frequency of pornography use and symptoms of depression, while also exploring the gender differences within these variables. Prior research has shown that pornography use has been correlated with mental health problems such as depression in men, and a loss of interest in sex. The current study aimed to expand upon these findings and strengthen them by including both males and females into the investigation. A total of 59 participants aged between 18-30 completed the Porn Use Scale (Szymanski, Dawn M, Stewart-Richardson, Destin N, 2014) and the Beck Depression Inventory II. Findings from a Pearson Correlation analysis showed that there is a significant relationship between Frequency of Pornography use and Depression for both males and females. An independent t-test revealed that males watch pornography more frequently than females. A Pearson correlation found that both males and females who watch high amounts of pornography are less interested in sex. Implications for this study and best practices for measuring and researching pornography use and depression are discussed below.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 10:58
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2022 10:58

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