This poster and accompanying handout was presented at the Australian Psychological Society National Congress 2016, Melbourne on 14 September.
Each generation of Australian adolescents is increasingly intentionally encountering more pornography, or Sexually Explicit Media (SEM). Global research into adolescent use of SEM has tended to emphasise speculated negative effects, minimise any positive effects, as well as side-stepping design and methodological weaknesses that challenge the majority of the conclusions regarding negative impacts. Using a holistic positive approach to adolescent sexuality a more critical re-examination of the negative effects proposed by the past and current psychological research, especially review studies, are explored finding that in the short and longer term, benefits have been found for both genders, as well as other minority populations (e.g. non-heterosexual, disabled and racially/economically disadvantaged groups).

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