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Running head: PORNOGRAPHY 1 Healthy Sexuality and Pornography Casey J. Ritzmann Liberty University Author Note Casey J. Ritzmann, Department of Psychology, Liberty University. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Casey J. Ritzmann, Department of Psychology, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 24502
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PORNOGRAPHY 2 Abstract A plethora of research is beginning to emerge today regarding pornography consumption, addiction, and its effects on individuals. Pornography addiction is not currently listed in the DSM-5; clinicians diagnose and treat pornography and sexual addiction based upon substance abuse disorder criteria. The following ten articles are a blend of case studies, survey research, and archival research that present addictive behaviors associated with pornography usage. Three of the articles explore the effect of pornography on religiosity while two articles are written from a secularist viewpoint. The last three articles presented provide insight into the diagnoses and treatment of pornography addiction. Keywords: pornography, pornography addiction, addictive behaviors, sexual addiction, religiosity
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PORNOGRAPHY 3 Journal Article Summaries Internet Pornography Use in the Context of External and Internal Religiosity This article explores data collected at a small conservative Christian university in the Midwest from 751 males and females. The study utilizes the survey research method and was conducted using questionnaires. Items on the questionnaire included issues such as whether subjects “had ever purposely viewed internet pornography, the number of hours in the past week they had viewed internet pornography, and the location and the time of day of use” (Baltazar et al., 2010, p. 34). Another section investigated potential benefits, problems, and elements that increased internet pornography usage. The study focuses on the relationship between religiosity and pornography usage. The researchers conclude that, “heavy internet pornography use rates are lower than surveys of the general internet using population” (Baltazar et al., 2010, p. 37). One profound finding of the study shows that 40% of internet pornography users felt that the act of viewing porn affected their relationship with God and 20% reported less interest in spiritual things (Baltazar et al., 2010). A Case Report of Pornography Addiction with DHAT Syndrome The authors of this journal article introduce the case report by defining addiction and explain the only way currently to clinically define pornography addiction is by comparing it with criteria for other established addictions. This article presents a case study of a 28-year-old male seeking psychiatric help for excessive pornography consumption. The subject’s addiction to porn was progressive over a period of two years and it negatively affected his career and his interaction with family and friends. When he attempted to quit watching porn he became restless, irritable, and dysphoric, however when he returned to viewing pornography his symptoms would
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PORNOGRAPHY 4 be relieved. The authors make note that criteria to diagnose pornography addiction are not
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  • Fall '14
  • Psychology, sexual addiction, Pornography addiction, Healthy Sexuality and Pornography

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