Acceptance of prostitution and its social determinants in Canada

Cao, Liqun (2015) Acceptance of prostitution and its social determinants in Canada. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. (In Press)

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The nature of collective perception of prostitution is understudied in Canada. Except some rudimentary reports on the percentages of the key legal options, multivariate analysis has never been used to analyze the details of public opinion on prostitution. The current study explores the trend of public attitude toward prostitution acceptability in Canada over a 25-year span and examines the social determinants of the acceptability of prostitution, using structural equation modeling (SEM), which allows researchers to elaborate both direct and indirect effects (through mediating variables) on the outcome variable. Results show that the public has become more acceptant of prostitution over time. In addition, the less religious, less authoritarian, and more educated are more acceptant of prostitution than the more religious, more authoritarian, and less well educated. The effects of religiosity and authoritarianism mediate out the direct effects of age, gender, gender equality, marriage, marriage as an outdated institution, Quebec, race, and tolerance. The findings may serve as a reference point for the law reform regarding the regulation of prostitution in Canada.

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ID Code: 90908
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: acceptance of prostitution, ascetic deviance, authoritarianism, Canada, public opinion, religiosity
DOI: 10.1177/0306624X15609920
ISSN: 1552-6933
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2015 05:38
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 21:17

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