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Spring 2021


The relationship between sexual satisfaction and interpersonal intimacy is relatively well established (Freihart et al., 2020). However, little is known about how deficits in intimacy may impact maladaptive such as problematic pornography consumption or sexual compulsivity. Previous research has indicated that experiential avoidance, a conceptual precursor to a fear of intimacy (Maitland, 2020), predicts some of these problematic behaviors (Levin et al., 2019). Similarly, loneliness, thought to partially result from loneliness, is predictive of pornography use (Butler et al., 2018) and sexual compulsivity (Chaney & Burns-Wortham, 2015). The current study sought to investigate the role of fear of intimacy in sexual satisfaction, problematic pornography consumption, and sexual compulsivity. It’s hypothesized that those who experience higher fear of loneliness are more likely to engage in problematic viewing, have lower sexual satisfaction, and are more likely to engage in sexually compulsive behaviors. A quasi-experimental design was utilized allowing for the comparison between rural vs urban dwelling individuals and Latinx compared to non-Latinx individuals. These comparisons will be used to lead discussion around the primary findings.