Class Year

2018

Date

4-27-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Psychology

First Advisor

Susan M. Long

Second Advisor

Matthew R. Kelley

Third Advisor

Donald C. Meyer

Abstract

Verbal sexual coercion (VSC) is sexual assault without physical force. This study examined how cultural (macrosystemic) beliefs affect the perception of sexual situations that involve VSC. These beliefs are reflected by statements within scenarios that explain why the perpetrator believed his behavior was justified due to his status as an athlete or a college guy. The type of verbal sexual coercion the perpetrator used was also manipulated and included social coercion, interpersonal coercion, and threatened physical coercion. It was hypothesized that perceptions of rape culture compliance, rape culpability, victim control, and victim distress will differ based on the type of verbal sexual coercion and macrosystemic beliefs presented. Results indicated that there was a significant main effect of type of coercion, but there was no significant main effect for macrosystemic beliefs. This suggests that people tend to view verbal sexual coercion differently based upon the type with which they’re presented.

Language

English


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