Comparting pro- and anti-nudity college students on acceptance of self, cultural diversity, social responsibility, and secularism/liberalism
This study examined if college students supportive of social nudity would differ from students opposed to social nudity on self-acceptance, acceptance of ethnically diverse others, social development, and on secularism/liberalism. 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. Results indicated that pro-nudity students did not significantly differ from antinudity students on self-esteem, self-acceptance, or on body image. Pro-nudity students were significantly more accepting of other religious groups and gays and lesbians compared to anti0 nudity students, although the two groups did not differ on their tolerance for ethnically dissimilar others, the disabled, or in their interest in other cultures. The two groups did not differ on independent thinking or in social development, although the pro-nudity students had modestly higher scores on a measure of psychopathic features. Finally, pro-nudity students were less religious, more open to sexuality, and more liberal in political ideology relative to anti-nudity students. Although the findings were somewhat mixed, overall these results suggest that pro-nudity college students are not vastly different from anti-nudity students.
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Winton, Samantha M., "Comparting pro- and anti-nudity college students on acceptance of self, cultural diversity, social responsibility, and secularism/liberalism" (2007). HIM 1990-2015. 708.