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Effect of Sexual Coercion Proclivity, Insult and Fantasy on Emotional Reactivity and Appeal of Sexual Aggression

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 18 Issue: 8 Dated: August 2012 Pages: 973-995
Lindsey A. Thomas; Boris B. Gorzalka
Date Published
August 2012
23 pages
This study examined the extent to which environment cues impact affective states and te behavioral expression of sexual coercion proclivity.
Fifty-nine heterosexual university males were assessed for Sexual Coercion Proclivity (SCP) and randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Insult/nonsexually coercive fantasy material; no insult/sexually coercive fantasy material; or, insult/sexually coercive fantasy material. Although not differing in terms of anger or anxiety, the high SCP became more frustrated than the low group, particularly when exposed to both insult and sexually coercive (SC) fantasy material. Changes in negative affect predicted anticipated likelihood of engaging in SC among the low SCP group and anticipated enjoyment of SC in the high SCP group. Acculturation accounted for differences observed between Caucasian and Chinese men. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.