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Rape: The roles of outcome expectancies and hypermasculinity

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Outcome expectancies regarding coercive sexual behavior of male undergraduates were investigated to understand their possible association with self-reported past and future coercive sexual behavior and hypermasculine personality styles. Subjects indicating lower negative outcome expectancies regarding rape reported a greater history of coercive sexual behavior and higher future likelihood of raping, and were more likely to fit a hypermasculine personality pattern. Regression analysis revealed that a hypermasculine personality style, self-reported likelihood of raping, and the interaction between rape outcome expectancies and hypermasculine personality best predicted a history of sexual coercion. Implications for future research and primary prevention are discussed.

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O'Donohue, W., McKay, J.S. & Schewe, P.A. Rape: The roles of outcome expectancies and hypermasculinity. Sex Abuse 8, 133–141 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02258006

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  • rape
  • cognitions
  • outcome expectancies
  • hypermasculinity