ERIC Number: ED336706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
College Students' Perceptions of the Sexual Interest of a Young Woman and Man: Cognitive Expectancy of a Gender Effect.
Merritt, Rebecca Davis; Skacel, Robert K., Jr.
Research examining how consumption of alcohol is expected to affect the sexuality of young men and women has found that subjects who rated the female drinker expected alcohol to facilitate a greater increase in sexuality for the target than did subjects who rated the male drinker. This research, however, did not employ a nonalcohol drinking control condition. This study was conducted to examine subjects' expectations of men's and women's sexuality (or more specifically, their level of interest in having sexual intercourse) in the context of a first-date situation that takes place in a setting in which alcohol consumption commonly occurs. Male (N=20) and female (N=16) college students rated male and female vignette characters' degree of sexual interest in a heterosexual first-date situation in which neither character consumed alcohol. Both female and male subjects perceived the male character as having more interest in sexual intercourse than the female character. These findings suggest a need to evaluate the effect of gender within cognitive expectancy research attempting to assess the role of alcohol consumption upon sexual interest and/or aggression. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (63rd, Chicago, IL, May 2-4, 1991).