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Tertiary education students' attitudes to the harmfulness of viewing and distributing child pornography


Prichard, J and Spiranovic, C and Gelb, K and Watters, PA and Krone, T, Tertiary education students' attitudes to the harmfulness of viewing and distributing child pornography, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 23, (2) pp. 224-239. ISSN 1321-8719 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13218719.2015.1042419


Little research has examined public support for criminalising viewing and distributing child exploitation material (CEM). Using an online survey of 431 undergraduate students from Australia, we explored perceptions of the harmfulness of CEM. The majority of respondents agreed that viewing and distributing CEM lead to further production and had a negative effect on victims. Although 93% of respondents agreed that CEM involving real child victims should be illegal, 22% did not agree that CEM involving pseudoimages should be illegal. Those who demonstrated higher levels of agreement with explanations of the harmfulness of CEM were more likely to be female, to have achieved postsecondary qualifications, to have never viewed pornography, to support censorship of pornography, and to believe that CEM involving pseudoimages of children should be illegal. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:child pornography; law; public; social attitudes.
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Crime prevention
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard)
UTAS Author:Spiranovic, C (Dr Caroline Spiranovic)
ID Code:105824
Year Published:2016 (online first 2015)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2016-01-15
Last Modified:2018-05-04

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