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Forceful tactics, Sexual coercion, Non-consenting women
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Research on men’s sexual coercion perpetration has found that use of verbally coercive tactics is more common than using incapacitation or forceful tactics to acquire sex from non-consenting women. However, less research has examined the use of verbally coercive tactics and how they are related to the use of incapacitation and force. The current study applied network analysis to study male university students’ use of four verbally coercive tactics, one incapacitated tactic, and four physical/forceful tactics. This study also examined risk factors that may explain the interrelations among these tactics: hostile masculinity, sexual promiscuity, alcohol consumption, and marijuana consumption. Using data collected from 235 male university students, two network structures were estimated. The first network structure included verbally coercive, incapacitated, and physical/forceful tactics. Strength centrality of tactics were estimated. Most verbally coercive tactics had edges with other types of tactics. Use of deception had the highest strength centrality among verbally coercive tactics and had a positive edge with use of incapacitation. The second network structure included risk factors to assess their associations with different groups of tactics. However, no edges were found between perpetration tactics and risk factors. The findings of this study advanced current understanding of men’s use of tactics in sexual coercion and provide insights for research and prevention.
Mou, Lennox, "Understanding Men’s Use of Tactics in Sexual Coercion: A Network Analysis" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8924.