Reliability, validity, and psychometric development of the pornography consumption inventory in a sample of hypersexual men

J Sex Marital Ther. 2011;37(5):359-85. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.607047.


This article reports the psychometric evaluation of the Pornography Consumption Inventory (PCI), which was developed to assess motivations for pornography use among hypersexual men. Initial factor structure and item analysis were conducted in a sample of men (N = 105) seeking to reduce their pornography consumption (Study 1), yielding a 4-factor solution. In a second sample of treatment-seeking hypersexual men (N = 107), the authors further investigated the properties of the PCI using confirmatory factor analytic procedures, reliability indices, and explored PCI associations with several other constructs to establish convergent and discriminant validity. These studies demonstrate psychometric evidence for the PCI items that measure tendencies of hypersexual men to use pornography (a) for sexual pleasure; (b) to escape, cope, or avoid uncomfortable emotional experiences or stress; (c) to satisfy sexual curiosity; and (d) to satisfy desires for excitement, novelty, and variety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Erotica*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Inventory
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Young Adult