Examining the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault

Davies, M and Boden, Stephanie J. (2012) Examining the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault. Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, 4 (3). pp. 136-143. ISSN 1759-6599

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Abstract

Purpose – This study aims to investigate the sexual preference effect in depicted male sexual assault. Consistent with Davies et al., the study seeks to predict that males are more blaming toward gay victims of male perpetrators and heterosexual victims of female perpetrators, while females would not blame the victim. Design/methodology/approach – In total, 200 participants read a hypothetical scenario depicting a case of the non-consensual touching of an adult male, and then completed a victim blame scale. Findings – Analysis of variance confirmed predictions. Results are discussed in relation to gender beliefs and homophobia. Suggestions for future work are proposed. Originality/value – This study confirms the existence of the sexual preference effect in attributions toward male victims of sexual assault utilising a scenario depicting non-consensual touching. These findings extend current knowledge in this growing area.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version of this article was published in Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol.4, 3 2012, Copyright Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sexual preference effect, Attributions, Victim blame, Sexual assault, Assault, Behaviour,Sex and gender issues
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 09:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2016 09:30
Identification Number: 10.1108/17596591211244148
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/711

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