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Citation

Sierra JC, Gutiérrez-Quintanilla R, Bermúdez MP, Buela-Casal G. Psychol. Rep. 2009; 105(1): 69-79.

Affiliation

Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain. jcsierra@ugr.es

Copyright

(Copyright © 2009, SAGE Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

19810434

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess, in a sample of 700 university students ages 18 to 40 years in El Salvador, the importance of sociodemographic variables (age, having a partner, and frequency of religious practice), personality traits (anger, hostility, and aggressiveness), sexual attitudes, and male chauvinist attitudes (erotophilia, double standard, and rape supportive attitudes) in explaining male sexual coercion. All these variables were assessed. Once the effect of social desirability had been controlled, the analysis showed the importance of trait anger along with a favorable attitude toward the use of violence against women, double standard, and negative attitudes toward sexuality in explaining male sexual coercion. Religious involvement, however, may act as a protective factor against such violence. Multidimensional models are needed to explain sexual violence against women by men in heterosexual relationships.


Language: en

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