Title page for ETD etd-09152008-232118

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Buhler, Brandon Michael
Author's Email Address bbuhler@vt.edu
URN etd-09152008-232118
Title Experiences of an LDS Spouse when her Partner used Pornography: a Phenomenological Study
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Chair
Sara, Mary Linda S. Committee Member
Wittenborn, Andrea K. Committee Member
  • LDS
  • women
  • pornography
  • qualitative
  • phenomenology
Date of Defense 2008-09-04
Availability unrestricted
Pornography is becoming more and more accessible to society and the pornography industry brings in billions of dollars each year. Research is now starting to focus on the effects of pornography use within the marital context. The effects on the spouse of the pornography user are beginning to show that pornography use can be damaging to marriages, how one views one’s partner and how one views oneself. Within the LDS Church, pornography has been considered a violation of their beliefs about chastity and moral cleanliness. With the rise of the use of pornography within the membership of the LDS Church, it is important for the ecclesiastical leadership of the Church and clinicians alike to understand the experiences of LDS spouses of pornography users. One LDS woman, married 18 years, white, participated in a 60 minute interview. Using a qualitative method and phenomenological lens, this study explores what is like for a married woman in the LDS Church to find out that her husband is viewing pornography, and being in direct violation of the Church’s stance on sexual cleanliness. Themes found include emotional/psychological processes, spiritual processes and trying to make sense of these two processes in tandem. Aspects of the LDS Church that were not helpful were identified as well as aspects of the LDS Church that were helpful are outlined. Advice for Church leaders (local and general) was provided and advice for clinicians that may work with couples that find themselves in this situation is described.
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