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Youth and Internet Pornography
The impact and influence on adolescent development

ISBN 9781138390539
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
142 Pages

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Book Description

This much-needed book provides an in-depth, nonjudgmental look at how consumption of Internet pornography and sexually explicit Internet material (SEIM) impacts the social, physical, emotional, and sexual development of adolescents.

Youth and Internet Pornography explores some of the most contemporary issues in this field, including deepfake technology, the long-standing conflict between legal challenges to pornography versus individual rights, and the interrelationship between adolescent use of Internet pornography and the larger culture. The text outlines how different generations interact with the Internet, as well as the related legal and ethical issues around working with these different age groups. Behun and Owens use clinical illustrations and guided practice exercises to contextualise theoretical constructs and research, providing a comprehensive guide to how those working with young people should consider the impact of Internet pornography in their day-to-day practice.

This book is essential reading for professionals and policy makers hoping to mitigate outcomes in counselling, youth and social work, and education, as well as supplementary reading for courses in human sexuality and development.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1-Strange Bedfellows: Adolescents and Internet Pornography

Chapter 2 –The Digital Divide: Strangers in a Strange Land

Chapter 3 –Attitudes and Values: Pornography and the Development of Beliefs

Chapter 4 –From Thinking to Doing: The Impact on Behavior and Sexual Decision Making

Chapter 5: Thoughts of the Self: Pornography and Adolescent Self-Image

Chapter 6: From the Self to the World: The Intersection of Pornography and Culture

Chapter 7-Potential Pitfalls: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Field

Chapter 8 –What’s New? Current Issues in Youth and Internet Pornography

Chapter 9 –Conclusion: Making Sense of It All  


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Dr. Richard Joseph Behun is Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Millersville University. Dr. Behun is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, and approved clinical supervisor. Dr. Behun conducts research and lectures in the areas of sexuality and the mandated reporting of child sexual abuse.

Dr. Eric Owens is Associate Professor of Counselor Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Owens is a licensed professional counselor and certified school counselor and has worked in college, school, and clinical settings. Dr. Owens has authored texts and presented nationally and internationally on a host of counseling topics.