The relationship between religious orientation and pornography in medical sciences students of Kashan University in 2023

Document Type : Original Article


1 Addiction Studies, Faculty of Medicine, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran



Objectives: Internet pornography has increased among teenagers and young adults and has led to functional and psychological problems. Therefore, understanding what variables influence pornography is needed. In this regard, the present study deals with the role of religion in the pornography.
Methods: The research was a cross-sectional and descriptive-correlation study. The participants were the students of Kashan University of Medical Sciences in the academic year of 2022-2023, and 201 people from different faculties were selected by cluster sampling method. Each of the participants completed the Allport Religious Orientation Questionnaire and the Problematic Pornography Use Scale (PPCS). Data analysis was done with SPSS 17 using Pearson and independent t-test.
Results: Two hundred and one students, 125 (62.2%) boys and 76 (37.8%) girls, participated in this research. One hundred percent of the students reported access to the Internet, and 67.7% of the students used the Internet for 2 to 5 hours a day. According to the results, 88.4% of the students reported watching porn, of which 11.9% had problematic viewing of porn. The research findings showed that there is a significant relationship between watching porn and internal religious orientation in students (r=-.155 sig=-.028), but no significant relationship was observed between watching porn and external religious orientation. (r =-.043 sig=.543).
Conclusion: Considering the relatively high rate of using pornography, having religious beliefs can play a role in reducing porn viewing.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 13 January 2024
  • Receive Date: 04 November 2023
  • Revise Date: 28 November 2023
  • Accept Date: 02 December 2023