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This article examines the effect of the interactions between pornography and adult attachment on sexual satisfaction.
Five hundred and ninety patients (460 women, 130 men; mean age: 24 years), recruited following Snowball sampling methods, participated in an online research investigating their consumption of pornography, sexual satisfaction and attachment profile assessed using the attachment Style Questionnaire.
Forty percent of subjects (n=236) report using pornography. The main media used are the websites, movies and literature. Bivariate analyzes show that men tend to consume more pornography than women. The median number of partners is more important to consumers of pornography. In multivariate models, (1) the socio-demographic variables were not significantly associated with sexual satisfaction, unlike avoidant attachment that has a negative impact on sexual satisfaction (B=–0423, P<.001), (2) an effect of the interaction between anxiety dimensions, avoidance and viewing pornography on sexual satisfaction (B=0.868, P=.001) is found. Overall results highlight the differential impact of pornography consumption on sexual satisfaction according to attachment styles: the impact of pornography consumption on sexual satisfaction is almost zero in Secures; negative in anxious or avoidant individuals, positive in fearful individuals.
It seems now clear that pornography is not be pathogenic per se. If it can be a vector of suffering and affect health, it depends on interindividuals psychological particularities. Clinical implications are considered.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Pornography, Attachment, Sexual satisfaction, Differential approach, Modelisation
|☆|| La version en français de cet article, publiée dans l’édition imprimée de la revue, est également disponible en ligne : http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2016.10.001.