AuthorCleveland, Hobart Harrington
AdvisorRowe, David C.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study examined evolutionary and peer context theories of sexual coercion. Using a longitudinal design it followed university men across the 1997-98 academic year, collecting data from subjects in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Data collected during the Fall data collection addressed two competing evolutionary explanations of sexual coercion: mate deprivation and short-term mating effort. Data collected during the Spring addressed the role of peer contexts in influencing sexual coercion. Evolutionary findings were not consistent with the mate deprivation explanation of sexual coercion. Instead, findings supported the short-term mating strategy explanation of sexual coercion. Longitudinal analysis found that university men's level of short-term mating strategy as measured in the Fall predicted both pro-coercion peer contexts and partner coercion as measured in the Spring. Structural equations models of the interrelationships between time 1 short-term mating strategy, time 2 peer contexts, and time 2 partner coercion were fit to the data. The fit of these models underscored the importance of controlling for selection into peer contexts when examining the relationships between peer contexts and individuals' sexually coercive behavior. The discussion focuses on (1) considering trait-based explanations of sexual coercion and (2) the relevance of short-term mating strategy to the formation of young male peer groups.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
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