Consumption of pornographic materials among early adolescents in Hong Kong: Profiles and psychosocial correlates

Tan Lei Shek, Man Sze Ma

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Consumption of pornographic materials was examined in 3328 Secondary 1 students in Hong Kong. Results showed that over 90 % of the respondents had never consumed pornographic materials in the past year. Compared to traditional pornography, internet pornography was the most common medium that participants used when viewing pornographic materials. Males reported a higher level of pornography exposure than females did. Results showed that different measures of positive youth development and family functioning were related to adolescents' consumption of pornographic materials. In general, higher levels of positive youth development and better family functioning were related to a lower level of pornography consumption. The relative contribution of positive youth development and family factors to consumption of pornographic materials was also explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-150
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • Chinese adolescents
  • Family functioning
  • Pornographic material consumption
  • Positive youth development
  • Project P.A.T.H.S.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing

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