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Advisory Committee Chair

Heith Copes

Advisory Committee Members

Wendy Gunther-Canada

John J Sloan III

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Science (MS) College of Arts and Sciences


This study was conducted to test consumption of pornographic material, specifi-cally Playboy, increases the likelihood of rape at the county level. To do this, a cross-sectional design was used to examine this relationship in 3,133 counties in the United States. Overall, the findings suggest that when households headed by females with child-ren, persons 15 and older who are divorced, percent of the population with a high school education or higher, percent of the population who are unemployed, percent of the popu-lation living in urban areas, percent of the population ages 18 to 24, percent of the popu-lation that are black, and ratio of males per 100 females are present in counties, rape rates tend to be higher. However, these findings do not suggest pornography consumption has a significant effect on rape rates.



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