Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Jason A. Gockel


After multiple legal, cultural and technological changes, pornography’s accessibility and role in modern western culture has expanded exponentially (Kammeyer, 2008). This paper examines the possible correlates of specific emotions to pornography use, perceived effects of pornography use and gender differences in college aged individuals. Participants were Trinity College students (N = 47) who were asked by email to fill out an anonymous, online survey. As expected, male participants showed a significantly higher frequency of pornography use. Initial analysis using the Beck Depression Inventory and the Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) showed no significant relationship to frequency of pornography use for the overall group or when the group was separated by gender. A significant positive correlation was found for the relationship between male pornography use and perceived depression post use. Female participants’ perceived depression and aggression post use in relation to frequency of use had a significant negative correlation.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

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