M.A. Applied Psychology and Professional Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Violence against women;Self-esteem
Psychiatric and Mental Health
Sexual assault victimization has been associated with poor risk recognition and low sexual self-esteem (Gidycz, McNamara, & Edwards, 2006; Schwartz & Shipiro, 1997). Evidence suggests that sexual self-esteem may precede risk recognition subsequently impacting victimization (Mayers, Heller, & Heller, 2003; Zeanah & Schwartz, 1996). The purpose of this study was to investigate the direct predictive impact of global and specific components of sexual self-esteem on risk recognition. Participants engaged a laboratory analog to measure risk detection and completed a series of questionnaires to measure sexual self-esteem. Results indicated that global sexual self-esteem is not predictive of risk recognition. In regard to individual components, attractiveness was found to be uniquely predictive of risk recognition. Specifically, women who believed they were physically attractive had better risk detection than women who did not view themselves as attractive. These findings are discussed in relationship to expanding the literature on sexual self-esteem and risk recognition.
Lucente, Lauren, "The impact of sexual self-esteem on sexual risk detection in college women" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 148.