Ellis' A-B-C theory as a tool for understanding gender differences regarding sexually explicit material

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Schwabrow, Lynsey A.
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Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
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This research paper extends the application and usefulness of Albert Ellis's A-B-C framework, derived from rational emotive behavior therapy. This framework is proposed as useful in understanding the relationship between men and women regarding their differing perceptions and attitudes toward sexually explicit and pornographic materials. Rational emotive behavior therapy's A-B-C framework can be used to conceptualize client's psychological issues. By exploring the differing beliefs that men and women have toward sexually explicit material, insight into the conclusions drawn by each gender emerges. Because the issue of sexually explicit and pornographic materials affects people on an individual as well as at an interpersonal level, an understanding of one's own triggers for emotional and physical consequences is at the heart of protecting the health of both men and women. Gender differences regarding sexually explicit and pornographic materials are explored.