Date Approved

9-9-2008

Embargo Period

3-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Angelone, DJ

Subject(s)

Female sex offenders; Sex (Psychology)

Disciplines

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to test the pathways of the Confluence Model of Sexual Aggression (Malamuth, Heavey & Linz, 1996) for prediction of self-reported female sexual aggression utilizing various computerized measures with college aged female participants (n = 104). The confluence model states that sexual aggression is the interactive result of two simultaneous pathways: hostile masculinity (and/or hostile femininity) and impersonal sex. It was hypothesized that a combination of either of the hostility pathways (feminine vs. masculine) and the impersonal sex pathway would predict sexual aggression. Modified versions of the Sexual Experiences Scale (SES), Coercive Sexuality Scale (CSS), and the Auburn Differential Masculinity Inventory were used as predictor and criterion variables. A hierarchical regression analysis conducted on the CSS revealed support for the hostile masculinity construct as a predictor of female sexual aggression. However, these analyses did not support the interaction of pathways as predictors for either the SES or CSS. Implications for further research for predictors of female sexual aggression are discussed.

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