ERIC Number: ED320055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-7
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A Theoretical Model of Sexual Assault: An Empirical Test.
White, Jacquelyn W.; Humphrey, John A.
Koss and Dinero's (1987) comprehensive developmental model of sexual aggression asserts that sexual assault is in part a result of early sexual experiences and family violence; that sexually aggressive behaviors may be predicted by such "releaser" variables as current sexual behavior, alcohol use, and peer group support; and that use of aggression in heterosexual conflict predicts sexually assaultive behavior. The model was elaborated to include measures of religious participation and several aspects of self-concept, including self-derogation. This elaborated model of sexual assault was tested through administration of a survey to 229 male college students. The hypothesized model, consisting of four categories of variables, was tested using a hierarchical blockwise discriminant function analysis. The results revealed that 83.8% of the cases were successfully classified: 91.4% of the nonaggressive men and 72.0% of the aggressive men were correctly classified. The results partially confirm the model. Early sexual experience, personality characteristics, peer group influence, alcohol and drug use, recent sexual experiences, and style of conflict management were all significant predictors. Neither family violence nor the measure of sex role attitude was predictive. The findings support the viability of a multidimensional model of sexual aggression and provide a profile of the sexually aggressive male. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (36th, Atlanta, GA, April 4-7, 1990).