Sex Roles

, Volume 43, Issue 5–6, pp 311–322 | Cite as

Judgments Regarding Sexual Aggression as a Function of Sex of Aggressor and Victim

  • Roseann Hannon
  • David S. Hall
  • Holly Nash
  • Jean Formati
  • Tina Hopson
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Abstract

The effects of sex of aggressor and victim (male/female, female/male, male/male, female/female) on judgments regarding sexual aggression on a date were studied. Participants were 415 female and 279 male community college students (M age = 23.0 years; 47.3% European American, 18.6% Latin American, 7.5% African American, 7.8% South East Asian American, 3.7% Asian American, and 15.1% other) who read one of four vignettes describing a date in which forced intercourse occurred. Participants rated degree of disapproval of the aggressor's behavior from their own viewpoint (Participant Rating), the victim's viewpoint (Victim Rating), and the aggressor's viewpoint (Aggressor Rating). Results of 4 × 2 (Vignette × Participant Gender) ANOVAs of Participant Rating and Victim Rating indicated similar disapproval of the aggressor for all couple types except for female aggressor/male victim, for whom disapproval was significantly lower. The aggressor's overall behavior was rated as date/acquaintance rape by 46.6–55.4% of participants for all vignettes except the female aggressor/male victim vignette (18.7%).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roseann Hannon
    • 1
  • David S. Hall
    • 2
  • Holly Nash
    • 2
  • Jean Formati
    • 2
  • Tina Hopson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the PacificUSA
  2. 2.University of the PacificUSA

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