A comparison of pro- and anti-nudity college students on acceptance of self and of culturally diverse others
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Sex Res.
ATTITUDES; SCALE; PERSONALITY; EXPOSURE; Psychology, Clinical; Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary
This study examined if college students supportive of social nudity would differ from students opposed to social nudity, on self-acceptance and acceptance of culturally diverse others. Using data from 384 participants, pro- and anti-nudity groups were formed based on students scoring in the upper (n = 59) and lower (n = 64) quartiles on a measure assessing attitudes toward social nudity. Hypotheses were partially supported. Results indicated that pro-nudity, students significantly differed from anti-nudity students on comfort with their bodies' appearances, but not on self-acceptance. Pro-nudity students also were significantly, more accepting of other religious groups and gays and lesbians compared with anti-nudity students, but they did not differ on their attitudes toward the disabled. A trend was noted indicating that pro-nudity students were less prejudiced toward ethnically, dissimilar others compared with anti-nudity students. Follow-up exploratory analyses suggested that pro-nudity students' increased openness to sexuality, in general accounted for the two groups' discrepant views toward religiously dissimilar others and gays and lesbians. Pro-nudity students' relative tolerance for cultural diversity, is discussed.
Journal of Sex Research
"A comparison of pro- and anti-nudity college students on acceptance of self and of culturally diverse others" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 766.