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J Sex Res. 2008 Jul-Sep;45(3):287-94. doi: 10.1080/00224490802204464.

A comparison of pro- and anti-nudity college students on acceptance of self and of culturally diverse others.

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Department of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA. cnegy@ucf.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
18686157
DOI:
10.1080/00224490802204464
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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