Given its accessibility and growth in the past decade, internet pornography appears to be influencing the sexual scripts of young adults. That is, sexual expectations and behaviors are likely to be impacted by the consumption of online sexually explicit material. Pornography research documents more harmful effects (e.g., lower body image) in women viewing pornography compared to men (Albright, 2008). This experimental study aimed to explore the effects exposure to online sexually explicit material would have on the genital body image and sexual self-efficacy of 90 college women randomly assigned to three exposure conditions. Results indicated that group membership did not significantly impact the genital body image or sexual self-efficacy of college females. In other words, whether or not participants were exposed to pornography did not have an effect. The implications of pornography use and exposure are discussed.


Eric Sprankle

First Committee Member

Shawna Petersen-Brown

Second Committee Member

Daniel Houlihan

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Master of Arts (MA)




Social and Behavioral Sciences

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