Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 219–231

Date rapists: Differential sexual socialization and relative deprivation

  • Eugene J. Kanin
Article

Abstract

Deviant sexual behavior has often been portrayed as the consequence of the frustration of legitimate sexual outlets. This study of date rapists reveals that these men, as a result of a hypersexual socialization process, are sexually very active, successful, and aspiring. These exaggerated aspiration levels are seen as responsible for instituting a high degree of sexual frustration. This acute relative deprivation, it is hypothesized, is a significant process responsible for precipitating these rape episodes.

Key words

rape date rape sexual exploitation sexual socialization 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene J. Kanin
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyPurdue UniversityLafayetteUSA

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