Year of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only

Degree Type

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Name

Counselor Education and Supervision

Department or School/College

College of Education and Human Sciences

Committee Co-chair

John Sommers-Flanagan, Veronica Johnson

Commitee Members

Kirsten Murray, Sara Polanchek, Patty Kero


Corporal Punishment, Pornography use, Rape Myth Acceptance


University of Montana


This non-experimental correlational design examined associations between self-reported pornography use, corporal punishment, and rape myth acceptance. Further, this study explored pornography use and experiences with corporal punishment in childhood as predictors of rape myth acceptance. Additionally, this study investigated differences in corporal punishment experiences and rape myth acceptance between those who primarily watch mainstream vs. nonmainstream pornography. Participants (n = 90) were sampled from students at the University of Montana. No statistically significant associations were found between corporal punishment, frequency of pornography use, and rape myth acceptance as measured by the Personal History of Punishment Inventory (Kaplan, 1992), Pornography Use Questionnaire (Hald and Štulhofer, 2016), and Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (Payne, Lonsway, & Fitzgerald, 1999). An association between experiences with corporal punishment and frequency of pornography use was statistically significant (p = 0.03). Two post hoc analyses found statistically significant differences (p < 0.05) between men and women on their IRMA scores and their frequency of pornography use. A third post hoc analyses approached statistical significance (p = 0.07) on differences in PHPI scores between men and women. The final post hoc analyses found a statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) on PHPI scores between individuals who consumed pornography and those who did not. Limitations, implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

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