Scholars have begun to suggest factors that explain and influence the association between pornography use and relationship outcomes but further work is still needed. Communication about pornography is one variable that may be influential but it has yet to be considered in this way. Using a dyadic sample of 713 different-gender couples, I used Actor-Partner Structural Equation Modeling to analyze associations between pornography use (male pornography use, joint pornography use and female pornography use) and relational quality (from the perspective of each partner, respectively), associations between communication about pornography and relationship quality. Communication about pornography was also considered as a moderator between pornography use and relationship outcomes. Results showed a negative association between male pornography use and relationship quality for both men and women and a positive association between joint pornography use and relationship quality for women. Communication about pornography was positively associated with relationship quality for both men and women but did not moderate the associations between pornography use and relationship quality. Results highlight the value of communicating about pornography and possible implications are discussed.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Augustus, Rachel Ann, "Communication About Pornography and Relationship Quality in Different-Gender Couples" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 9668.
pornography, relationship quality, communication