Self-Reported Online Child Pornography Behavior: A Psychological Analysis
Limited research has been conducted on the differences between those individuals who view, download, or share online child pornography (CP) from those who do not. Using Bandura's theory of reciprocal determinism, the current study tested whether Internet CP-users differed from non-CP users in their personality characteristics. 307 respondents completed an online survey: 277 were classified as non-CP users, and 30 were classified as CP users. Statistical analyses revealed a relationship between higher scores on exploitive-manipulative amoral dishonesty (EMAD) traits, lower scores on internal moral choice (IV), and the viewing of child pornography. Furthermore, the study suggests women are engaging in Internet CP consumption more often than previously suggested. Implications and limitations of the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are presented.
Published in 2008.