Exploring the utility of entitlement in understanding sexual aggression

AUTHOR(S)

Bouffard, Leana A.

PUBLISHED

2010 in Journal of Criminal Justice

KEY FINDINGS
  • This study found that a sense of sexual entitlement was associated with attitudes supportive of sexual violence, and that pornography was linked to a greater sense of sexual entitlement.
ABSTRACT
Purpose
Sexual aggression on college campuses has received a great deal of research attention. Little criminological theory, however, has systematically linked individual-level risk factors for sexual aggression with broader societal factors like patriarchy. DeKeseredy and Schwartz (1993) proposed that societal patriarchy is translated into individual attitudes of male sexual proprietariness and entitlement, which provide motivation and justifications for sexual violence.

Methods
This study explored
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EXCERPTS
  • "The measure of exposure to pornography was only significantly correlated with the sexual entitlement measure."
  • "The development of attitudes of male sexual privilege and entitlement appears to be especially relevant to explanations of sexually aggressive behavior. Both a general sense of entitlement and attitudes of entitlement specifically with regard to dating and sexual relationships are crucial to understanding sexual aggression."
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