Student Independent Projects Psychology 2015: Cracking the Whip: Examining the Relationships Between Practice, Acceptance and Interest of BDSM Behaviours

Doody, Sarah M. (2015) Student Independent Projects Psychology 2015: Cracking the Whip: Examining the Relationships Between Practice, Acceptance and Interest of BDSM Behaviours. Research Report. Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

BDSM (bondage, discipline/domination, sadism, masochism), when practiced consensually is a form of atypical sexual behaviour. It is often misinterpreted and perceived negatively by popular media and society in general. It is predicted that individuals who engage in BDSM and are more familiar with such practice, are likely to rate such behaviours as more acceptable than those who are unfamiliar with the practice. To test this hypothesis 233 participants were recruited using Facebook, to complete an online survey (surveymonkey.net). As predicted, it was found that generally all individuals were accepting of typical sexual behaviours however, those who were more familiar with BDSM, perceived it more favorably than those who were less familiar with the practice. The results suggest that it is important to become educated on the range of sexual behaviours that exist in hopes to eliminate some of the stigma and social unacceptability experienced by BDSM practitioners

Item Type: Report (Research Report)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11906
Item ID: 11906
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Psychology
Date: 2015
Date Type: Submission

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