Parents’ Psychopathology Promotes the Adoption of Ineffective Pornography-Related Parenting Mediation Strategies

Yaniv Efrati, Meyran Boniel-Nissim

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Abstract

Approximately half of all adolescents aged 9-16 are exposed to pornography. Research has indicated that parents often try to employ various mediating strategies (negative active, restriction and co-use) in order to regulate their children's exposure to undesired content, and that most of these strategies are ineffective or have the opposite effect. In the present study, we investigated whether parental psychopathology (depression, anxiety, stress) promotes the adoption of less optimal parenting styles and an ineffective mediating strategy to regulate their child pornography exposure. The sample comprised 1,070 Jewish-Israeli parents to 10-14-year-old adolescents. Results indicated that for parents who characterized with mild anxiety and/or stress tend to adopte more authoritarian and less authoritative parenting style, which were linked with more ineffective mediating strategies with their child regarding pornography exposure–restrictive and negative active. These findings provide an opportunity for therapists as well as parents to gain a better insight into the link between psychopathology, parenting styles and the ability to regulate pornography exposure among children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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