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Understanding Sexual Aggression in UK Male University Students: An Empirical Assessment of Prevalence and Psychological Risk Factors

Hales, Samuel T., Gannon, Theresa A. (2021) Understanding Sexual Aggression in UK Male University Students: An Empirical Assessment of Prevalence and Psychological Risk Factors. Sexual Abuse, . ISSN 1079-0632. E-ISSN 1573-286X. (doi:10.1177/10790632211051682) (KAR id:90274)

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Abstract

University-based sexual aggression is an international public health issue; however, to date, there have been no formal assessments of the prevalence or psychological indicators associated with the proabuse behaviours of the most common perpetrators at UK universities: heterosexual male students. To facilitate the development of effective primary prevention interventions for domestic students who have sexually harmed, we assess across two empirical studies (Ns = 259 and 295) the psychological risk factors associated with recent sexual aggression amongst two distinct samples of UK male university students. Cumulatively, results highlighted that one in nine participants (11.4%) self-reported recent sexual aggression. These participants could be statistically differentiated from their non-offending peers on various established indicators of general sexual offending, of which logistic regression analyses highlighted atypical sexual fantasies, general aggression, hostility toward women, and rape myth acceptance as being the most reliable predictors. Our data extend the international evidence base by providing the first detailed overview of sexual aggression amongst UK male university students, as well as the psychological risk factors associated with their proabuse behaviours. We discuss the importance of our findings for the development of more effective evidence-based reduction strategies and primary prevention interventions for male students who have sexually harmed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/10790632211051682
Uncontrolled keywords: Campus sexual assault, college students, harm prevention, perpetration, sexual offending
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Samuel Hales
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 10:36 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 14:52 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90274 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hales, Samuel T.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6140-3917
Gannon, Theresa A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5810-4158
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