Effects of alcohol and gender on social information processing of sexual aggression

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jeremy Mullis (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Advisor
Richard Ogle

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of alcohol intoxication and gender on social information processing in the context of a sexual coercion scenario. It was hypothesized that alcohol intoxication would affect social information processing patterns related to sexually aggressive behavior. One hundred and three participants were recruited for this study, 48 female and 55 male. These participants were grouped into either a high BAC condition or a low BAC condition using a BAC cutoff of .06. Participants completed a demographics questionnaire, an alcohol quantity frequency assessment and a social information processing protocol. The social information processing protocol consisted of a written sexually coercive scenario. Participants answered questions after reading the scenario which assessed the domains of response representation, goal selection, response evaluation and response selection. Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) was used to test the 3 hypotheses for both men and women. No significant results were found for women for any areas of social information processing. Significant results were found in the areas of goal selection and response evaluation for men. These results point to the utility of using social information processing models in the study of sexual aggression.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Man-woman relationships--Effect of drugs on, Sexual excitement--Effect of drugs on, Alcohol--Physiological effect, Alcohol and sex, Men--Alcohol use, Women--Alcohol use
Subjects
Sexual excitement -- Effect of drugs on
Alcohol -- Physiological effect
Man-woman relationships -- Effect of drugs on
Alcohol and sex
Women -- Alcohol use
Men -- Alcohol use