“Are You Ashamed to Talk About It?” Pornography, Moral Incongruence, Morality, Ethics, and Religious Distress in Romania
Keywords:frequency of pornography use, moral disapproval of pornography, moral incongruence, religious distress, ethics
This research aimed to explore factors implicated in pornography consumption. The study involved 237 individuals, out of whom 56 were male (23.6%) and 181 were female (76.4%). All participants had voluntarily viewed pornographic material at least once in the last 6 months. Their ages ranged from 18 to 76 years (M = 22.83; SD = 8.09). Respondents completed surveys related to the frequency of pornography use, moral disapproval of pornography, moral incongruence, and religious distress. The results indicated significant associations between our main variables. Additionally, this paper highlights important gender differences existing in the Romanian population regarding the frequency of pornography use and discusses the relevant ethical implications of pornography in the online environment.The present work contributes by enhancing knowledge about the relationships of the variables mentioned above in the shape of theoretical model “Pornography Problems Due to Moral Incongruence” (Grubbs et al., 2019) on a population predominantly of Orthodox Christian faith. In addition, from a practical perspective, our results can serve as a starting point reference for mental health workers (e.g., clinical psychologists and psychotherapists) in Romania when developing diverse approaches to address the cases of pornography consumption they encounter within their practices.
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