Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 219–231 | Cite as

Date rapists: Differential sexual socialization and relative deprivation

  • Eugene J. Kanin


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
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyPurdue UniversityLafayetteUSA

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