Measuring Self-Perceived Effects of Pornography: A Short-Form Version of the Pornography Consumption Effects Scale
The Pornography Consumption Effects Scale (PCES) is a 47-item measure of self-perceived effects of pornography use. While the PCES is frequently used in the pornography research literature, its length may limit its applicability in some research situations. This study investigated if a short-form version of the PCES could be created for use with heterosexual men. The study employed an online sample of 312 self-identified heterosexual men. Confirmatory factor analysis was used to produce a 14-item version of the PCES. This short-form PCES (PCES-SF) showed excellent psychometric properties in terms of reliability, concurrent validity with the long-form PCES, and discriminant validity with respect to social desirability. Similar to the full-length PCES, the PCES-SF generates both an overall positive effect score and an overall negative effect score.
KeywordsPornography Sexually explicit media Self-perceived effects Psychometrics Men
The third author was supported by the Carlsberg Foundation Distinguished Associate Professor Fellowship, Grant CF16-0094, for the duration of 2017–2019.
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