Dept. of Telecommunications.
Radio-TV Center, Room 346
paulwrig 'at' indiana.edu
Assistant Professor, joined IU 2011. Graduate education: California State University, Fullerton (M.A., 2006); University of Arizona (Ph.D., 2011).
Research interests include media effects and health communication, particularly sexual socialization and sexual health. Teaching interests include sex in the media, media processes and effects, and media and health.
Wright, P.J., & Bae, S. (in press). Pornography consumption and attitudes toward homosexuality: A national longitudinal study. Human Communication Research.
Wright, P.J., Bae, S., & Funk, M. (in press). American women and pornography through four decades: Exposure, attitudes, behaviors, individual differences. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Wright, P.J. (in press). Is internet pornography consumption related to adult U.S. males’ sexual attitudes? (PDF) American Journal of Media Psychology.
Wright, P.J., & Randall, A.K. (in press). Pornography consumption, education, and support for
same-sex marriage among adult U.S. males. Communication Research.
Wright, P.J., & Arroyo, A. (in press). Internet pornography and U.S. women’s sexual risk
behavior: Results from a national sample. Mass Communication and Society.
Wright, P.J. (in press). U.S. males and pornography, 1973-2010: Consumption, predictors,
correlates. Journal of Sex Research.
Wright, P.J. (in press). Internet pornography exposure and women’s attitude towards
extramarital sex. Communication Studies.
Wright, P.J., Randall, A.K., & Arroyo, A. (in press). Father-daughter communication about
sex moderates the association between exposure to MTV’s 16 and Pregnant/Teen Mom
and female students’ pregnancy-risk behavior. Sexuality & Culture.
Wright, P.J. (in press). A three-wave longitudinal analysis of preexisting beliefs, exposure to
pornography, and attitude change. Communication Reports.
Wright, P.J. (2012). A longitudinal analysis of U.S. adults’ pornography exposure: Sexual
socialization, selective exposure, and the moderating role of unhappiness. Journal of
Media Psychology, 24, 67-76.
Wright, P.J. (2012). Show me the data! Empirical support for the centerfold syndrome.
Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 13, 180-198.
Wright, P.J., & Randall, A.K. (2012). Internet pornography exposure and risky sexual
behavior among adult males in the United States. Computers in Human Behavior, 28,
Wright, P.J., Randall, A.K., & Hayes, J.G. (2012). Predicting the condom assertiveness of
collegiate females in the United States from the expanded health belief model.
International Journal of Sexual Health, 24, 137-153.
Wright, P.J., Malamuth, N.M., & Donnerstein, E. (2012). Research on sex in the
media: What do we know about effects on children and adolescents? In D. G. Singer & J.
L. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of children and the media (pp. 273-302). Thousand Oaks,
Wright, P.J. (2011). Mass media effects on youth sexual behavior: Assessing the claim for
causality. Communication Yearbook, 35, 343-386.
Wright, P.J. (2011). Communicative dynamics and recovery from sexual addiction: An
inconsistent nurturing as control theory analysis. Communication Quarterly, 59, 395-414.
Wright, P.J., & McKinley, C.J. (2011). Mental health resources for LGBT collegians: A
content analysis of college counseling center websites. Journal of Homosexuality, 58,
Wright, P.J., & McKinley, C.J. (2010). Services and information for sexually compulsive
students on college counseling center websites: Results from a national sample.
Journal of Health Communication, 15, 665-678.
Wright, P.J. (2010). A hierarchical linear modeling assessment of dual addiction status and
change in sexual compulsivity over time. Psychological Reports, 107, 236-244.
Wright, P.J. (2009). Father-child sexual communication in the United States: A review and
synthesis. Journal of Family Communication, 9, 233-250.
Wright, P.J. (2009). Sexual socialization messages in mainstream entertainment mass
media: A review and synthesis. Sexuality & Culture, 4, 181-200