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The Pornography Debate: Religiosity and Support for Censorship.

Authors
  • Droubay, Brian A1
  • Butters, Robert P2
  • Shafer, Kevin3
  • 1 College of Social Work, University of Utah, 395 South 1500 East #111, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA. [email protected]
  • 2 College of Social Work, University of Utah, 395 South 1500 East #111, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA.
  • 3 Department of Sociology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Religion and Health
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2021
Volume
60
Issue
3
Pages
1652–1667
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-018-0732-x
PMID: 30465262
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pornography has become an increasingly salient topic in public discourse. We sought to better understand the role of religiosity in shaping people's support of policy stances against pornography, in the form of censorship, using nationally representative data from the 2014 General Social Survey (n = 1676). Results from logistic regression indicate that high religiosity significantly increases odds of supporting censorship. Holding control variables at their sample means, the least religious persons had a predicted probability of 0.09 of supporting censorship, compared to 0.57 for the most religious respondents. We discuss these findings within the context of the current public health debate.

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