The social meaning of offensive sexual behaviors : an exploratory study

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Rosemary Smith Nelson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Hyman Rodman

Abstract: The purpose of the investigation was to explore variables associated with the social processes involved in a female's perception of and reaction to offensive sexual behavior, particularly as those social processes assist in giving meaning to experiences of perceived sexual aggression. A model for conceptualizing social meaning in offensive sexual situations was developed. The model focused on attribution of responsibility for sexual aggression to female, male, and offensive situation as a function of three interacting sets of variables: situational, emotional/behavioral, and attitudinal. A questionnaire was devised to measure both the frequency of offensive sexual experiences and the social meaning assigned to specific experiences. The questionnaire was distributed to 600 female undergraduates, 380 of whom completed the questionnaire and comprised the data for analysis.

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Language: English
Date: 1979
Sexual ethics $z Southern States
Sexual harassment of women $z Southern States
Women college students $z Southern States

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