Title

Validation of a Brief Pornography Screen Across Multiple Samples

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Behavioral Addictions

Volume

9

Issue

2

First page number:

259

Last page number:

271

Abstract

Background and Aims To address current gaps around screening for problematic pornography use (PPU), we initially developed and tested a six-item Brief Pornography Screen (BPS) that asked about PPU in the past six months. Methods and Participants We recruited five independent samples from the U.S. and Poland to evaluate the psychometric properties of the BPS. In Study 1, we evaluated the factor structure, reliability, and elements of validity using a sample of 224 U.S. veterans. One item from the BPS was dropped in Study 1 due to low item endorsement. In Studies 2 and 3, we further investigated the five-item the factor structure of the BPS and evaluated its reliability and validity in two national U.S. representative samples (N = 1,466, N = 1,063, respectively). In Study 4, we confirmed the factor structure and evaluated its validity and reliability using a sample of 703 Polish adults. In Study 5, we calculated the suggested cut-off score for the screen using a sample of 105 male patients seeking treatment for compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD). Results Findings from a principal components analysis and confirmatory factor analysis supported a one-factor solution which yielded high internal consistency (α = 0.89–0.90), and analyses further supported elements of construct, convergent, criterion, and discriminant validity of the newly developed screen. Results from a Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve suggested a cut-off score of four or higher for detecting possible PPU. Conclusions The BPS appears to be psychometrically sound, short, and easy to use in various settings with high potential for use in populations across international jurisdictions

Disciplines

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Health Information Technology | Substance Abuse and Addiction

Language

English

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