Consumption of pornographic materials in early adolescents in Hong Kong

Man Sze Ma, Tan Lei Shek

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Study Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine longitudinal changes in pornography consumption and related psychosocial correlates (ie, positive youth development qualities and family function) among Hong Kong early adolescents. Design and Participants: In this study, adolescent consumption of pornographic materials was examined in 3 waves of longitudinal data. A total of 3,325 Secondary 1 students (Grade 7) from 28 schools participated in the study at Wave 1. The mean age of the participants was 12.6 years old (SD =. 74). Results: Results showed that the internet was the most common medium for consuming pornography materials. Boys consumed more pornographic materials than did girls. Findings showed that family functioning and positive youth development were negatively associated with consumption of pornographic materials over time. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of developing adolescents' competencies and establishing an atmosphere that reduces the use of pornographic materials among adolescents. It sheds light on designing early prevention programs on pornography consumption for young people in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Issue number3 SUPPL
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Adolescents
  • Family functioning
  • Pornography consumption
  • Positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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