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Prostitution policies and attitudes toward prostitutes

Bonache, Helena, Delgado, Naira, Pina, Afroditi, Hernandez-Cabrera, Juan Andres (2021) Prostitution policies and attitudes toward prostitutes. Archives of Sexual Behavior, . pp. 1-16. ISSN 0004-0002. (doi:10.1007/s10508-020-01891-9) (KAR id:84479)

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Abstract

The present study examines whether regulatory attitudes toward prostitution are relatedto moral elements, such as agency attributed to prostitutes and moral outrage. A Spanishsample (N = 391, aged from 18 to 53 years old) completed a questionnaire that includedtwo separate parts. In the first part, participants answered a scale on regulatory attitudestoward prostitution; in the second part, after reading one of two scenarios, participantscompleted questions about agency and moral outrage. Results showed a differentpattern of moral perception of prostitutes depending on the regulation attitudes towardprostitution, and perception of prostitutes as victims of sexual slavery (Scenario 1) or aswomen who freely choose to prostitute themselves (Scenario 2). This study providesempirical evidence of how some regulatory attitudes toward prostitution have a strongmoral burden, depending on the type of prostitute who practices it. These findings makea fruitful contribution to our knowledge of attitudes towards prostitution, which couldinform future policy-making.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10508-020-01891-9
Uncontrolled keywords: Prostitution; Policies; Attitudes; Moral; Agency.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Afroditi Pina
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2021 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 10:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/84479 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pina, Afroditi: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8850-5625
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