Factors Influencing Sexist Attitudes

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Adamiak, Beata
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The study aim was to investigate whether greater exposure to pornographic materials would be associated with more traditional attitudes about women in relation to mixed-sex versus single-sex school type attendence, relationship status and female siblings conditions. In total 62 high school male high school graduates participated. The study was a mixed factorial design. The participants were divided into the groups based on school type attendance, relationship status and whether or not they had a female siblings. Males completed a survey incorporating Attitudes Toward Women Scale and Pornography Use Scale. School type, female siblings or relationship status didn’t have any effect on sexist attitudes while tested independently. However, having female siblings combined with attending to single-sex high school, significantly increased the risk of addiction to pornography. In addition, higher pornography consumption significantly correlated with more conservative attitudes toward women. Overall, this study supported the importance of female siblings and school type attendance in shaping attitudes toward women. It has also added significant support for the interaction between exposure to sexually explicit materials and sexist attitudes. Author Keywords: attitudes towards women, pornography consumption