The relationship between atypical sexual fantasies and behaviour, and pornography consumption.

Ewa B. Stefanska, NICHOLAS LONGPRE, Hayley Rogerson

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Paraphilia is a condition in which the sexual excitement rely on fantasizing and/or participating in unusual sexual behaviours although the line between “normal” and “abnormal” has been disputed. The project aimed to explore which sexual fantasies and behaviours are common and uncommon in the general population. Furthermore, the relationship between sexual fantasies, sexual behaviours and problematic pornography consumption was examined. Finally, the impact of gender was assessed. Analyses were conducted on a sample of 139 participants. Correlations were found between fantasies, behaviours and problematic pornography consumption. Furthermore, gender differences were found for both sexual fantasies and problematic pornography consumption. Finally, multiple regression revealed that age, gender [Men], fantasies and behaviours were significant predictor of problematic pornography consumption. Those findings are in-line with previous studies which highlighted that the threshold to consider a sexual practice as being abnormal needs to be reconsidered on the basis of self-reported fantasies and behaviours in the general population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Early online date12 Apr 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2022


  • Atypical Sexual Fantasies
  • Pornography
  • Sexual Behaviours
  • Paraphilia


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