Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Can Enthusiastic Consent Be Sexy? The Influence of Consent Type on Perceived Enjoyment and Sexiness of Sexual Encounters Related to Sexual Scripts and Consent Attitudes
by Gibson, Sara L., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 96; 10245312
Abstract (Summary)

Recent efforts to improve sexual assault issues within American universities are being pursued diligently. Many of these efforts include changes to college campus policies regarding sexual consent, often by mandating affirmative consent. The current study investigated perceptions of different types of sexual consent related to sexual script endorsement and consent attitudes in order to better assess how receptive college students may be to affirmative consent standards.

An online survey included four vignettes that were constructed to depict processes of sexual consent that differed in the enthusiasm with which the female character indicated her consent. Perceptions of the vignettes were evaluated regarding sexiness of the content and each character’s enjoyment and internal consent. Further items assessed comparative evaluations of the vignettes. The Sexual Script Scale, External Consent Scale, and Sexual Consent Scale-Revised were also included in the survey. We expected that enthusiastic consent processes would be evaluated more positively than the unenthusiastic ones. We also predicted these evaluations would be significantly related to endorsement of traditional sexual scripts, external consent behaviors, and consent attitudes.

Full to partial support was found for each of our hypotheses, suggesting that college students are indeed receptive to affirmative consent regarding perceived enjoyment and sexiness when depicted as enthusiastically given.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Amy L.
Commitee: Breaux, Brooke O., Perkins, Richard
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Psychology
Keywords: Sex, Sexual assault, Sexual consent, Sexual satisfaction
Publication Number: 10245312
ISBN: 9780355113129
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