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Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Feb;13:6-10. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2016.03.004. Epub 2016 Mar 25.

The use and effects of pornography in romantic relationships.

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University of Western Ontario, Canada. Electronic address:
University of Western Ontario, Canada.


In this article we discuss associations between pornography use by one or both romantic partners and the well-being of the relationship. We highlight several shortcomings of existing empirical research that limit conclusions that can be made about the negative, neutral or positive effects of pornography use on relationship processes. Lastly, we review extant dyadic research on pornography use in a relationship context, and propose the Antecedents-Context-Effects (ACE) model as a guide for future research on this important topic.

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