Information acquisition in sexual aggression

Antover Tuliao, Alicia K Klanecky, Dennis E McChargue

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Abstract

Objective: This study is the first to examine how the manner of searching for information in the social environment is associated with college male students’ self-reports of sexual aggression and attitudes supportive of sexual aggression. Method: A modified MouselabWEB task, a Web-based program for tracing information acquisition processes, was utilized in this study. Asked to imagine themselves in a social situation, participants (N = 167) were tasked to reveal and gather information about 5 women by clicking on and opening “boxes” in a 5 (Number of Women) × 6 (Number of Female Attributes) matrix grid. Female attributes include attractiveness, sharing similar interests, dressing sexy, having an “easy” reputation, being intoxicated, and being alone most of the time. Results: The data suggest that those who engaged in prior sexually aggressive acts and those with attitudes supportive of sexual aggression were more likely to search for information related to a woman’s vulnerability. The
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605 - 614
JournalPsychology of Violence
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StatePublished - Sep 16 2018

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