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Same-sex Sexual Coercion among Women: The Impact of Minority Stress on Perpetration and Victimization Experiences of Women of Diverse Sexual Identities
by Kirschbaum, Allison L., Ph.D., University of Missouri - Saint Louis, 2019, 154; 22615841
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the current study was to investigate women’s experiences with same-sex sexual coercion perpetration and victimization. Specifically, I sought to explore the role that the stress of living as a sexual minority plays in these experiences as well as to determine whether the psychological variables of perceived powerlessness, psychological distress, social support, and alcohol use mediate the relationship between minority stress and perpetration and victimization experiences. Data were collected online from self-identified women and individuals assigned female at birth who reported experiencing genital sexual contact with another woman (N=339). Of the cisgender women in the sample, 31.6% reported same-sex sexual coercion victimization and 19.2% reported same-sex sexual coercion perpetration. Among cisgender sexual minority participants, experiencing heterosexist discrimination was related to same-sex sexual coercion victimization but not perpetration. Internalized heterosexism was not related to either perpetration or victimization. For cisgender sexual minority participants, feelings of powerlessness and psychological distress did not mediate the relationship between minority stress and perpetration. Similarly, social support and alcohol use did not mediate the relationship between minority stress and victimization. Results indicate that, although same-sex sexual coercion does indeed occur in women’s sexual encounters, the pathways through which minority stress may predict these experiences remain relatively unclear.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peterson, Zoe D., Steffen, Ann M.
Commitee: Taylor, Matthew J., Kashubeck-West, Susan
School: University of Missouri - Saint Louis
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology, LGBTQ studies, Womens studies
Keywords: Internalized homophobia, LGBT, Minority stress, Sexual assault, Sexual coercion, Sexual minority
Publication Number: 22615841
ISBN: 9781088379370
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