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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 406063, 8 pages
Research Article

Consumption of Pornographic Materials among Hong Kong Early Adolescents: A Replication

1Department of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Science, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room HJ407, Core H, Hong Kong
2Public Policy Research Institute, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
3Department of Social Work, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
4Kiang Wu Nursing College of Macau, Macau, China
5Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Kentucky Children's Hospital, University of Kentucky, KY 40506, USA

Received 15 October 2011; Accepted 14 November 2011

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2012 Daniel T. L. Shek and Cecilia M. S. Ma. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Consumption of pornographic materials was examined in 3,638 secondary 2 students in Hong Kong. Results showed that over 80% of the respondents had never consumed pornographic materials in the past year. Internet pornography was the most common medium that adolescents used when viewing pornographic materials. Males reported a higher level of pornography consumption than did females. Participants who were born in mainland China were more likely to consume pornographic materials than their Hong Kong counterparts. Regardless of the types of pornographic materials, the levels of pornography consumption significantly increased over time. Results also showed that higher levels of positive youth development and better family functioning were concurrently related to a lower level of pornography consumption at secondary 2. The relative contribution of positive youth development and family factors to pornographic material consumption was also explored.