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Date rape and sexual aggression by college males : incidence and the involvement of impulsivity, anger, hostility, psychopathology, peer influence and pornography use
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between sexual aggression and date rape and the character traits of anger, hostility, impulsivity, psychopathology, as well as, peer pressure, and pornography use. Anger was measured by the State-Triat Anger Expression Inventory (STAXI), hostility was measured by the Hostility Toward Women Questionnaire (HTW), impulsivity was measured by the Barratt Impulsivity Scale (BIS), psychopathology was measured using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) Psychopathic Deviate (Pd) and the Schizophrenia (Sc) scales, peer pressure was measured using questions created by Kanin (1967), where as pornography was measured from a questionniaire constructed by the researcher. Subjects included in the study were four-hundred and eighty college males. All subjects were administered a questionnaire that consisted of 10 instruments measuring the mentioned character traits and sexually aggressive behavior. The statistical procedures used consisted of canoncial correlation analysis, multiple regression and analysis of variance. Finally, cross-validation analyses were performed on the canonical correlation and the multiple regression results. The percentage of males who used some type of verbal pressure in order to obtain sexual activity was 37%. Ten percent of the males used physical force in order to obtain some type of sexual activity ranging from kissing to intercourse. The percentage of males which admitted to using force to obtain sexual intercourse was 2.4%, while 1.6% of the males admitted to raping a woman. These percentages are comparable to previous research investigating sexual aggression. The results indicate that males who use pornography and experience more pressure from their peers are disproportionately involved in sexual aggression and date rape. Difficulty with expressing anger was also found in males who manipulated circumstances in order to obtain sex. These findings indicate that sexually aggressive males use pornography, are more easily influenced by peers and are pressure by them to engage in sexual conquests, as well as monitor and prevent the experience and expression of anger. Impulsivity, hostility towards women and psychopathology were not predicitive of sexual aggression.
SubjectMajor counseling psychology
Sexual behavior surveys
1994 Dissertation C951
Sexual behavior surveys
Crossman, Leslie Louise (1994). Date rape and sexual aggression by college males : incidence and the involvement of impulsivity, anger, hostility, psychopathology, peer influence and pornography use. Texas A&M University. Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from
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