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Acción Psicológica

On-line version ISSN 2255-1271Print version ISSN 1578-908X


LOVELLE, María Inés; YEPES-BALDO, Montserrat; ROMEO, Marina  and  SORIA, Miguel Ángel. Online child pornography: a cultural focus literature review. Acción psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.14, n.2, pp.99-112.  Epub Sep 11, 2023. ISSN 2255-1271.

Due to the Internet expansion around the world, child pornography is internationally considered as a crime, but we are uncertain of whether culture has some impact on it. The objective of the present review was to explore cultural aspects included in literature as key variables to analyse this type of crimes, using Hofstede's cultural dimensions (2010) as theoretical framework. A total of 125 papers on pornography (period: 2003-2016) were found in Web of Science®; but only 50 contain some implicit or explicit cultural references. The results showed few cultural variables considered for the scientific approach to child pornography, being the country of birth or race the mainly only ones considered. The major contribution of our research highlights the importance to incorporate the cultural dimension in the police task to assess the indicators that determine the risk factors in aggressors. In this sense, the present research contributes to hypothesize probable cultural differences when using tools as the Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool (KIRAT) in the European context.

Keywords : Online; Child pornography; Culture; Internet; Hofstede's cultural dimensions.

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