Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Jaimee L. Hartenstein


The expansion of technology, namely the Internet, has contributed greatly to the increase of available pornographic material (Cooper, 2009). This increase in material has created a platform to engage in discussion regarding the available forms of media the influence it has on individuals and family members consuming pornography. The purpose of this research was to examine the influence and attitudes of pornography on an individual and family members of individuals who use pornography. A mixed methods study with the following objectives was conducted: a) investigate the differences between recreational pornography use and addiction; b) identify the key attitudes toward pornography held by the individual and family members of individuals that use pornography; and c) examine the influences of pornography use on individual and family relationships. This study examines the results gathered by the researcher, which suggest pornography use by an individual and family members has both negative and positive effects.

Further research should explore the specific details attributed to pornography addiction, susceptibility to addictive materials, education tactics and treatment methods for practitioners.