ERIC Number: ED360574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Sexual Coercion and Aggression on Campus: Characteristics of Offenders.
Lichtenberg, James W.; And Others
This study investigated the social, moral/ethical, and personality characteristics, and the social beliefs/attitudes differentiating male college students who engage in sexual assault or coercion from those who do not. Subjects consisted of a random sample of 243 male university students. The Sexual Experiences Survey (SES; Koss & Oros, 1982) was used to group subjects into a sexually assaultive/coercive group and a nonassaultive/coercive group. An ethical positions questionnaire (EPQ; Forsyth, 1980), a narcissism scale (NS; Phares & Erskine, 1984), a sexual attitudes questionnaire (SREPQ; Stanford Rape Education Project, 1988), and selected personality dimensions from the California Psychological Inventory (CPI-v.1, v.2, v.3; Gough, 1987) were analyzed to investigate the relationships among the students' self-reported sexual conduct, ethical positions, personality type and integration, and attitudes toward coercive sex and the characteristics of males who report differing types/degrees of sexual aggression. Of the 234 subjects, 27% were found to be sexually assaultive/coercive and 73% were sexually nonassaultive/coercive. Men in the sexually assaultive/coercive group, in contrast to those in the nonassaultive/coercive group, were more egocentric/narcissistic, more external in their orientation, and less integrated. A discriminant function formed on the basis of the subjects' scores on the EPQ, NS, and scales v.1, v.2 and v.3 of the CPI, accurately classified 66% of the subjects according to their level of sexual aggression/coercion. Sexual attitudes and histories differentiating the two groups were also studied. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).