U.S. Adults’ Pornography Viewing and Support for Abortion: A Three-Wave Panel Study

Robert S. Tokunaga, Paul J. Wright, Christopher J. McKinley

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Abstract

Pornography consumption may affect judgments on a wide range of sexual and reproductive topics. The present study hypothesized that the consistent images projected in pornography affect sexual scripts related to abortion judgments. National, three-wave longitudinal data gathered from U.S. adults were employed to examine associations between earlier pornography consumption and subsequent support for abortion. The findings suggested that prior pornography consumption may lead to later support for abortion. This study provides additional evidence of pornography’s socializing impact, particularly for the older White segment of the population, and adds to knowledge about what environmental factors influence judgments about abortion. Mechanisms that may explain how pornography viewing shapes support for abortion are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)577-588
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Communication
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2015

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