An Examination of Internet Pornography Usage
Among Male Students at Evangelical Christian
Paul Olaf Chelsen
Loyola University Chicago
Chelsen, Paul Olaf, "An Examination of Internet Pornography Usage Among Male Students at Evangelical Christian Colleges" (2011). Dissertations. Paper 150.
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
AN EXAMINATION OF INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY USAGE
AMONG MALE STUDENTS AT EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGES
A DISSERTATION SUBMITTED TO
THE FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
IN CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
PROGRAM IN HIGHER EDUCATION
PAUL O. CHELSEN
Copyright by Paul O. Chelsen, 2011
All rights reserved.
I am supremely grateful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for providing the strength and wisdom to complete graduate school and my dissertation. I am thankful for my wife Laura, who has been a constant source of encouragement and support during these long years of graduate study. I am also grateful for the support of my three daughters, Caitlyn, Annalise, and Sadie, who cannot remember a time I was not in graduate school.
Dr. Terry Williams, my dissertation chair, has been a wonderful professor and guide to me during my time at Loyola. I also deeply appreciate Dr. Jennifer Haworth and Dr. Terri Pigott for their encouragement while serving on my dissertation committee. Thank you to all of my extended family, who has been both curious about my dissertation topic and supportive of my graduate study. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to my grandmother-in-law, Mrs. Ann Farnsworth, for her financial support of my graduate studies, and for her engaging spirit.
All my colleagues and friends at Wheaton College have been a tremendous encouragement to me over this last decade of study and beyond. Specifically, Dr. Sam Shellhamer, Dr. Edee Schulze, Dr. Lynn Cooper and Dr. Em Griffin have truly been mentors to me ever since my undergraduate days at Wheaton College. I am also deeply grateful for the financial support of Wheaton College through the Senior Administrative Cabinet to enable me to complete my PhD.
This dissertation is dedicated to all the Wheaton College students who courageously shared their Internet pornography struggles with me over the years.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF TABLES
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
Statement of the Problem
Purpose of the Study and Research Questions
Significance of the Study
CHAPTER TWO: REVIEW OF LITERATURE
College Student Attitudes toward Pornography
Effects of Internet Pornography on College Students
The Debate between Sexual Compulsion and Sexual Addiction
Sexual Addiction and College Students
Sexual Compulsion and College Students
CHAPTER THREE: METHOD
Overview of Chapter
Rationale for the Methodology
Instrument Development, Validity, and Reliability
Data Collection Measures
Criteria for Institutional Sample
Criteria for Student Sample
Use of Institutional Liaison
Gaining Institutional Access
Distribution and Receipt of Surveys
CHAPTER FOUR: RESULTS
Overview of Chapter