Exploring the way sexually explicit material informs sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey

Charles, P. and Meyrick, J. (2018) Exploring the way sexually explicit material informs sexual beliefs, understanding and practices of young men: A qualitative survey. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1359-1053 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/36980

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Abstract Purpose Research suggests that exposure to Sexually Explicit Material (SEM) has negative effects on the beliefs, attitudes and actions of young men, but little research has examines how this may happen. The objective of this study was to address this emerging issue and explore the self-reported influence of exposure to SEM on young males in order to better understand implications for sexual health promotion. Method A ‘snowballed ‘sample of participants of males aged between 18 – 25 were recruited within one workplace. Of 40 invited, 11 responded to a qualitative survey. The survey data was examined using Thematic Analysis. Results and Conclusions The key themes emerging from the data were:- increased levels of availability of SEM, including an escalation in extreme content (Everywhere You Look) which are seen by young men in this study as having negative effects on sexual attitudes and behaviours (Negative effects - That's Not Good). Data suggests confused views (Real verses Fantasy) around young men’s expectations of a healthy sex life (Healthy Sex Life). Family or sex education may offer some ‘protection’ (Buffers) to the problematic norms young people see in SEM.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright(c)2018 Reprinted by permission of SAGE publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords: young men, sexually explicit material, pornography
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr J. Meyrick
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2018 15:48
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2018 05:10
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/36980

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