ERIC Number: ED298398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
The Effects of Pornography on Aggressive Behavior.
Stacy, Lauri L.
This document reviews existing empirical research on the effect of pornography on aggressive behavior. Two types of pornography are distinguished: aggressive pornography and non-aggressive pornography. Conclusions drawn from the research review are presented, including: (1) aggressive pornograpy consistently increases aggressive attitudes and behaviors; (2) the effect of non-aggressive pornography is not as consistent as the effect of aggressive pornography; (3) non-aggressive pornography can have either an inhibiting or a facilitating effect on aggression due to the type of pornography used; (4) soft pornography showing sexual activity facilitates aggression; and (5) soft pornography using still photographs inhibits aggression. The review concludes that society needs to participate in evaluating and studying the effects of all mass media, including pornography; current research on pornography and on violence indicates that what individuals view does have an effect on them; better research is needed to pinpoint the effects of various kinds of pornography more precisely. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctoral Research Paper, Biola University.