Female performers and porn stars are supposed to have higher rates of childhood sexual abuse, psychological problems, and drug use as compared to the average woman. These claims have been investigated in, a new study
, by researchers at Shippensburg University
, Texas Woman's University and the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation. The report "Pornography Actresses: An Assessment of the Damaged Goods Hypothesis"
published in the Journal of Sex Research
shows that adult entertainers have higher self-esteem, a better quality of life and body image, and are more positive, with greater levels of spirituality.
The study group compared the self-reports of 177 porn actresses to a sample of 'average' 'typical' women who were matched on age, ethnicity, and marital status. The porn actresses who ranged in age from 18 to 50, had received paid work on at least one X-rated movie and had more than three years experience in the porn industry. More than one-third of the stars were either married or in a serious relationship, and 44 per cent were single.
Comparisons were conducted on:
• sexual behaviors and attitudes
• quality of life
• drug use
It was found that porn actresses were more likely to:
• identify as bisexual
• have had sex at an earlier age
• have had more sexual partners
• be concerned about contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
• enjoy sex more than the matched sample
No differences in incidence of childhood sexual abuse were found.
Regarding psychological characteristics, porn actresses were shown to have higher levels of self-esteem, feel positive, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group.
Female performers were more likely to have ever used 10 different types of drugs compared to the comparison group.