Previous research has suggested that there may be a relationship between experiences of sexual coercion and higher levels of psychological distress (deVisser, Rissel, Richters, & Smith, 2006; Testa & Dermen, 1999; Zweig, Barber, & Eccles, 1997). The present study investigates the role that gender role socialization may have in moderating the relationship between sexual coercion and psychological distress. It was hypothesized that those who experienced more sexual coercion in the past year and over their lifetime would have higher levels of psychological distress. Additionally, it was hypothesized that gender role socialization would moderate the relationship between sexual coercion and psychological distress, such that those who did not have higher levels of internalized feminine gender roles that experienced more sexual coercion would have more psychological distress. Results suggested that there was a significant relationship between psychological distress for incidents of sexual coercion in the past year, but not for lifetime experiences. Contrary to the hypothesis, it was found that women who did not have higher levels of internalized feminine gender roles that experienced low levels of sexual coercion had significant more psychological distress. Implications for practitioners and future research directions are discussed.
|Commitee:||Nadler, Joel, Ro, Eunyoe|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Coercion, Distress, Gender, Moderator, Psychological, Sexual, Socialization|
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