School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD)
Emerging Adults, Pornography, Religiosity, Sexual Permissiveness, Sexual Shame
Applied Behavior Analysis | Counseling
Garcia, Lea A., "Pornography Use: The Lesser of Two Evils for Religious Emerging Adults" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1773.
Pornography use has become the norm instead of the exception among emerging adults (18 – 26-year-olds) and has been found to be associated with increased sexual permissiveness and sexual shame outcomes among the general population, but does the same hold true for religious emerging adults who maintain a moral opposition to viewing pornography? Within the context of recent developmental theory research among emerging adults, this study examined associations between pornography use, sexual permissiveness, and sexual shame. This research hypothesized that religiosity and age would moderate the relationships between pornography use and sexual permissiveness, and pornography use and sexual shame. The results showed that religiosity does moderate the relationship between pornography use and sexual permissiveness resulting in a negative correlation.