MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
College of Science & Mathematics
Committee Member 1
mental health, sexual aggression
Sex crimes--Prevention and control; College students--Sexual behavior
Sexual aggression remains a pervasive problem in our society, with approximately one in five women reporting an unwanted sexual experience (Koss et al., 2007). A key construct associated with sexual aggression may be the endorsement of sexist beliefs, which have been conceptualized along two domains: Hostile and benevolent sexism (Glick & Fiske, 1996).Hostile sexist beliefs can predict engagement in sexual aggression (Malamuth et al.,1995); however, there is a paucity of research examining the influence of benevolent sexism on sexual aggression perpetration. The goal of this study is to explore the relationship between the three sub-factors of benevolent sexism (protective paternalism, complementary gender differentiation, and heterosexual intimacy) on sexual aggression using an established laboratory paradigm (Mitchell, Angelone, Hirschman & Lilly, 2002). A total of 188 college men participated in the video showing behavioral analogue of sexual aggression. A hierarchical linear regression revealed that men lower in complementary gender differentiation were more likely to engage in sexual aggression. Future directions and limitations are discussed.
Shilinsky, Alyssa Nicole, "Does benevolence benefit? Understanding the role of benevolent sexism sub-factors in predicting sexual aggression among men" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 2045.