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Lovejoy, M. Christine

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Psychology


Sex (Psychology); Sexual fantasies--Psychological aspects


Sexual aggression is a serious societal concern, particularly on college campuses. As a result, a great deal of research has examined possible risk factors of sexual aggression over the past quarter century. Recent research supports multiple factor models of sexual aggression that address the possible interactions of several variables. Of the proposed multi-factor models, Malamuth and colleagues' confluence model has received the most empirical attention. While empirical evidence exists in support of the confluence model, replication and possible modification of the model are warranted. The purpose of this study was to replicate the confluence model with an independent sample, expand the model by investigating the possible role of sexual fantasy within the model, and examine possible moderators between risk factors and sexual aggression. Participants included 196 male college undergraduates. A battery of self-report questionnaires was used to measure the various constructs in the study. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to evaluate the measurement and structural models and test for moderation via multisample analyses. In addition, moderation was also examined via regression analyses, and the sexual fantasies of sexually coercive and sexually noncoercive males were compared via multivariate analyses. Results indicated that the replicated and proposed models were not a good fit for the present data. There was evidence for a moderating influence of empathy and differential sexual fantasy characteristics between sexually coercive and noncoercive males. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [94]-104)


ix, 154 pages




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