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Title: Psychopathy, intoxication, and verbal abuse: perceptions of sexual coercion in a college dating scenario
Authors: Hamilton, Danielle L.
Keywords: Clinical psychology;Sexual coercion--Colleges and universities;Invective--Colleges and universities
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Abstract: Experiences of sexual coercion and verbal abuse are common in intimate partner relationships and on college campuses. Using a college sample and a community sample, this study uses a 2 (participant psychopathy score, high or low) x 2 (level of intoxication, high or low) x 2 (level of verbal abuse, high or low) between subjects design to examine how levels of intoxication and verbal abuse, systematically varied across four written vignettes, as well as participant psychopathy scores, affected participants' perceptions of coercion in a sexually intimate encounter. Participants' perceptions of the effects of verbal abuse were found to vary depending on the level of intoxication to which the victim in the vignettes was subjected. Additionally, high levels of verbal abuse were found by participants to be most bothersome (according to their responses to outcome questions) regardless ofthe victim's level of intoxication. The data also suggest that psychopathy could affect participants' perceptions of the level of sexual coercion portrayed in each vignette, but only when psychopathy is at a clinically meaningful level. Keywords: psychopathy, sexual coercion, verbal abuse
Description: Thesis (M.S., Clinical psychology)--Drexel University, 2012.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3889
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