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Pornography Use and Relationship Satisfaction

J Sex Res; ePub 2018 Mar 26; Maas, et al

For women who are low in pornography acceptance, pornography use is associated with less relationship satisfaction, according to a recent study. Given the variability in pornography use among couples, the current study sought to examine moderators in the association between pornography use and relationship satisfaction in a large sample of heterosexual matched-paired couples (n=6,626). Researchers found:

  • Actor-partner interdependence models (APIMs) revealed that for men who are more anxiously attached, more pornography use is associated with higher relationship satisfaction; whereas for women who are more anxiously attached, more pornography use is associated with lower relationship satisfaction.
  • For men who are more accepting of pornography, more pornography use is associated with more relationship satisfaction; however, for men who are less accepting of pornography, more pornography use is associated with less relationship satisfaction.
  • There was little difference in relationship satisfaction at differing levels of pornography use for women who are high in pornography acceptance.

Citation:

Maas MK, Vasilenko SA, Willoughby BJ. A dyadic approach to pornography use and relationship satisfaction among heterosexual couples: The role of pornography acceptance and anxious attachment. [Published online ahead of print March 26, 2018]. J Sex Res. doi:10.1080/00224499.2018.1440281.

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