Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 253–267

Child sexual abuse and pornography: Is there a relationship?

  • Dean D. Knudsen

DOI: 10.1007/BF00989976

Cite this article as:
Knudsen, D.D. J Fam Viol (1988) 3: 253. doi:10.1007/BF00989976


Sexual abuse is now a major form of child maltreatment; however, the causes of such exploitation are obscure. A review of official reports and other research indicate that the circumstances surrounding sexual abuse are inadequately specified to allow specific causal interpretations. The role of pornography in contributing to such abuse is explored by reviewing laboratory studies and the circumstances of child sexual abuse. An assessment of the research literature suggests that pornography is a minor and indirect influence on child sexual maltreatment.

Key words

child sexual abuse child maltreatment child pornography 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dean D. Knudsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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