RESEARCH, PUBLIC POLICY, AND LAW: COMBINATION FOR CHANGE
National Law Center for Children and Families, Fairfax, VA
Rarely can scientific results of research be effectively explained and understood in ways to influence law and public policy directly on controversial social issues. However, research has increasingly been utilized successfully to affect public opinion and law changes in the area of pornography, sexual exploitation, and violence in the media.
Initially, scientific research was put forward by the 1970 Commission on Pornography to justify their recommendations to legalize virtually all pornography and violent depictions in all media ( Report, 1970). Research allegedly found that such pornography had either no adverse effects, or a cathartic impact on attitudes and behavior ( Report, 1970; Zillmann, 1989).1
However, by the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Report's conclusions, which were overwhelmingly rejected by Congress and the President, were____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Media, Children, and the Family:Social Scientific, Psychodynamic, and Clinical Perspectives. Contributors: Dolf Zillmann - Editor, Jennings Bryant - Editor, Aletha C. Huston - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Hillsdale, NJ. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 327.