Viewing Child Pornography: Prevalence and Correlates in a Representative Community Sample of Young Swedish Men

Seto, M. C., Hermann, C. A., Kjellgren, C., Priebe, G., Svedin, C. G., & Långström, N. (2014). Viewing Child Pornography: Prevalence and Correlates in a Representative Community Sample of Young Swedish Men. Archives of sexual behavior, 1-13.

Summary

The aim of this research was to investigate risk factors in the general population for child pornography use. Self-report, school-based surveys from 1,978 young men (aged 17-20) in Sweden were analysed across a variety of topics.

– Several strong correlates were found for child pornography use. The strongest of these was watching violent pornography. As would be expected, self-reported interest in having sex with children was strongly correlated with watching child pornography.

– Other strong correlates were: ever having had sex with a male (same-sex sexual relations); having friends who watch child pornography; frequent pornography use; and likelihood of having sex with a child either aged 12-14 or under 12 if getting caught or punishment were not factors.

– These results indicate that several attitudes and behaviours may act as predictors of child pornography usage. This may be useful in future research as a means of estimating the likelihood of someone having viewed child pornography in the past.

Observations

This study suggests that child pornography usage can be predicted by several variables. This research is broadly in line with previous findings and current models of sexual offenders. However, caution must always be used when interpreting correlation relationships, as the direction of the relationship cannot be definitively identified.

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