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Internet Pornography


This resource page is part of three Online Courses
Internet Pornography and Couples
Cybersex & Internet Sex Addiction
Internet Addiction: How to Assess and Treat the Disorder


General Resources on Internet Porn

    Support Groups
  • - Dr. Carnes' Online Resources - Dr. Patrick Carnes is the leading authority on sex addiction and his site offers addiction and recovery resources.
  • Sexual Addiction Support Groups - A page of links to self-help organizations for people struggling with sexual compulsion, including cybersex addiction. Groups listed include 12-Step programs such as Sex Addicts Anonymous. (Sexual Addiction Recovery Resources)
  • Sex Addiction Help - Sex Addiction Help offers resources and recommended readings for help with sex addiction issues and a list of therapists in the San Francisco Bay area.


Resources for Therapists


CA new 2014 law: AB-1775


Additional References

  • Allen, A., Kannis-Dymand, L., & Katsikitis, M. (2017). Problematic internet pornography use: The role of craving, desire thinking, and metacognition. Addictive Behaviors, 70, 65-71.
  • Armstrong, J., & Mellor, D. (2016). Internet child pornography offenders: An examination of attachment and intimacy deficits. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 21(1), 41-55. DOI: 10.1111/lcrp.12028
  • Ayers, M and Haddock, S (2009) Therapists' approaches in working with heterosexual couples struggling with male partners' online sexual behavior. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 16(1), 55-78.
  • Crosby, J. M., & Twohig, M. P. (2016). Acceptance and commitment therapy for problematic Internet pornography use: A randomized trial. Behavior Therapy, 47(3), 355-366.
  • Essig, T. (2015). The gains and losses of screen relations: A clinical approach to simulation entrapment and simulation avoidance in a case of excessive internet pornography use. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 51(4), 680-703.
  • Franqué, F., Klein, V., & Briken, P. (2015). Which techniques are used in psychotherapeutic interventions for Nonparaphilic Hypersexual Behavior? Sexual Medicine Reviews, 3(1), 3-10. DOI: 10.1002/smrj.34
  • Gola, M., Lewczuk, K., & Skorko, M. (2016). What matters: Quantity or quality of pornography use? Psychological and behavioral factors of seeking treatment for problematic pornography use. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13(5), 815-824.
  • Kellett, S., Simmonds-Buckley, M., & Totterdell, P. (2016). Testing the effectiveness of cognitive analytic therapy for Hypersexuality Disorder: An intensive time-series evaluation. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 1-16.
  • Kraus, S. W., Meshberg-Cohen, S., Martino, S., Quinones, L. J., & Potenza, M. N. (2015). Treatment of compulsive pornography use with Naltrexone: A case report. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(12), 1260-1261.
  • Kraus, S. W., Potenza, M. N., Martino, S., & Grant, J. E. (2015). Examining the psychometric properties of the Yale–Brown Obsessive–Compulsive Scale in a sample of compulsive pornography users. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 59, 117-122.
  • Kraus, S. W., Voon, V., & Potenza, M. N. (2016). Should compulsive sexual behavior be considered an addiction? Addiction, 111(12), 2097-2106. DOI: 10.1111/add.13297
  • Kingston, D. A. (2015). Debating the conceptualization of sex as an addictive disorder. Current Addiction Reports, 2(3), 195-201. doi:10.1007/s40429-015-0059-6
  • Manning, Jill (2006). Therapists' approaches in working with heterosexual couples struggling with male partners' online sexual behavior. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 13( 2-3), 131-165
  • Reid, R. C. (2015). How should severity be determined for the DSM-5 proposed classification of Hypersexual Disorder?. Journal of behavioral addictions, 4(4), 221-225.
  • Ryu, E (2005) Spousal use of pornography and its clinical significance for Asian-American women. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 16(4), 75-89.
  • Schneider, J, Weiss, R and Samenow, C. (2012). Is it really cheating? Understanding the emotional reactions and clinical treatment of spouses and partners affected by Cybersex Infidelity. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention, 19(1-2), 123-139.
  • Short, M. B., Wetterneck, C. T., Bistricky, S. L., Shutter, T., & Chase, T. E. (2016). Clinicians’ beliefs, observations, and treatment effectiveness regarding clients’ sexual addiction and internet pornography use. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(8), 1070-1081. doi:10.1007/s10597-016-0034-2
  • Turner, Martha (2009). Uncovering and treating sex addiction in couples therapy. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 20(2-3), 283-302.
  • Volk, F., Thomas, J., Sosin, L., Jacob, V., & Moen, C. (2016). Religiosity, developmental context, and sexual shame in pornography users: A serial mediation model. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 23(2-3), 244-259.
  • Walters, N. T., & Spengler, P. M. (2016). Clinical errors and therapist discomfort with client disclosure of troublesome pornography use: Implications for clinical practice and error reduction. Psychotherapy, 53(3), 354-359.
  • Zitzman, S and Butler, M (2005). Attachment, addiction, and recovery: Conjoint marital therapy for recovery from a sexual addiction. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 12(4), 311-337.
  • Zitzman, S and Butler, M (2009). Wives' experience of husbands' pornography use and concomitant deception as an attachment threat in the adult pair-bond relationship. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. 16(3), 210-240.


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