By David Lee on November 4, 2009 · tagged as , ,

Pornography and attitudes supporting violence against women

I have only read the abstract of the article “Pornography and attitudes supporting violence against women: revisiting the relationship in nonexperimental studies.

For more information about the relationship between pornography and child sexual exploitation see this bibliography from the Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation.

Full citation and link to abstract on journal’s web site from SafetyLit after the jump.

Pornography and attitudes supporting violence against women: revisiting the relationship in nonexperimental studies.

Hald GM, Malamuth NM, Yuen C. Aggressive Behavior 2009; ePublished October 27, 2009.

Click here for the article.

(Copyright © 2009, John Wiley and Sons)

A meta-analysis was conducted to determine whether nonexperimental studies revealed an association between men’s pornography consumption and their attitudes supporting violence against women. The meta-analysis corrected problems with a previously published meta-analysis and added more recent findings. In contrast to the earlier meta-analysis, the current results showed an overall significant positive association between pornography use and attitudes supporting violence against women in nonexperimental studies. In addition, such attitudes were found to correlate significantly higher with the use of sexually violent pornography than with the use of nonviolent pornography, although the latter relationship was also found to be significant. The study resolves what appeared to be a troubling discordance in the literature on pornography and aggressive attitudes by showing that the conclusions from nonexperimental studies in the area are in fact fully consistent with those of their counterpart experimental studies. This finding has important implications for the overall literature on pornography and aggression.

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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