Category: Violence / Aggression

Symposium

Couple-Level Analysis of the Role of Pornography Consumption in Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Coercive Control

Friday, November 17
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Indigo Ballroom B, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Intimate Partner Aggression | Couples / Close Relationships | Violence / Sexual Assault
Presentation Type: Symposium

This study examined (1) the relation between pornography consumption and physical, sexual, or psychological intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization at the couple level as well as (2) the moderating effect of coercive control victimization and perpetration on this relation. 120 couples in heterosexual romantic relationships completed online self-report measures of pornography consumption, IPV, coercive control, and social desirability in a larger longitudinal study. Using the actor-partner interdependence model (Kenny et al., 2006), the initial negative binomial model indicated that higher levels of socially desirable responding were related to lower levels of IPV victimization. Although both respondents’ and partners’ pornography consumption were not related to their risk of IPV victimization, there was a significant actor by partner interaction such that respondents who reported similar levels of pornography consumption as their partners were at lower risk of IPV victimization compared to those with discrepant rates of pornography consumption. With coercive control victimization in the model as a moderator, results indicated that respondents were at greater risk of IPV victimization if they or their partners reported high levels of coercive control victimization. Additionally, partner coercive control victimization moderated the relation between respondent pornography consumption and IPV victimization such that higher rates of respondent pornography consumption were associated with higher risk of IPV victimization in the context of low levels of partner IPV victimization, whereas increased rates of respondent pornography consumption were related to lower levels of IPV victimization at high levels of partner coercive control victimization. No significant moderating effects were found for coercive control perpetration though increased levels of respondent coercive control perpetration predicted greater risk of IPV victimization. Results suggest that discrepant pornography consumption is predictive of IPV victimization and partners’ coercive control victimization appears to moderate the relation between pornography consumption and IPV victimization.

Katherine Jongsma

Graduate Student
University of Windsor

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