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Youth and Internet Pornography

The impact and influence on adolescent development, 1st Edition

By Richard Joseph Behun, Eric W. Owens


130 pages

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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


About the Authors

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.

About the Series

Adolescence and Society

In the 20 years since it began, this series has published some of the key texts in the field of adolescent studies. The series has covered a very wide range of subjects, almost all of them being of central concern to students, researchers and practitioners. A mark of its success is that a number of books have gone to second and third editions, illustrating its popularity and reputation.

The primary aim of the series is to make accessible to the widest possible readership important and topical evidence relating to adolescent development. Much of this material is published in relatively inaccessible professional journals, and the objective of the books has been to summarise, review and place in context current work in the field, so as to interest and engage both an undergraduate and a professional audience.

The intention of the authors is to raise the profile of adolescent studies among professionals and in institutions of higher education. By publishing relatively short, readable books on topics of current interest to do with youth and society, the series makes people more aware of the relevance of the subject of adolescence to a wide range of social concerns.

The books do not put forward any one theoretical viewpoint. The authors outline the most prominent theories in the field and include a balanced and critical assessment of each of these. Whilst some of the books may have a clinical or applied slant, the majority concentrate on normal development.

The readership rests primarily in two major areas: the undergraduate market, particularly in the fields of psychology, sociology and education; and the professional training market, with particular emphasis on social work, clinical and educational psychology, counselling, youth work, nursing and teacher training.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adolescent