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The Inclusion of Pornography Usage and Misperceivement of Sexual Intent among College Men: An Expansion of the Confluence Model of Sexual Aggression

Marco A Gullickson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract

“Me Too”, is a phrase that many individuals, particularly women, have uttered in the face of perpetration of sexual aggression. Approximately one in five college women in the U.S. will experience victimization of sexual aggression (Breiding, Basile, Smith, Black, & Mahendra, 2015; Muehlenhard, Peterson, Humphreys, & Jozkowski, 2017). The primary purpose of this study is to expand the well-known confluence model of sexual aggression by examining perpetration of sexual aggression by men against women through examining both college men’s pornography usage and their tendency to misperceive women’s sexual intentions. Survey data was collected from a large Midwestern University with a sample of 321 men. The study confirmed several hypotheses. It was noteworthy that impersonal sex and hostile masculinity acted synergistically to predict past sexual aggression. There was also support that young men that endorsed misperception of women’s sexual intent had more instances of sexual aggression. Lastly, pornography usage was able to predict past sexual aggression; however, hostile masculinity served as a mediator for the relationship. Thus, college men that utilized pornography and endorsed hostile masculinity endorsed more sexual aggression. Implications regarding the findings and future directions are also discussed.

Subject Area

Counseling Psychology

Recommended Citation

Gullickson, Marco A, "The Inclusion of Pornography Usage and Misperceivement of Sexual Intent among College Men: An Expansion of the Confluence Model of Sexual Aggression" (2022). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI29323045.
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/dissertations/AAI29323045

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