Sexual Coercion Practices Among Undergraduate Male Recreational Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletes, and Non-Athletes

Belinda Rose Young, Sarah L. Desmarais, Julie A. Baldwin, Rasheeta Chandler

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Abstract

Prior research shows that male intercollegiate athletes are at risk for perpetrating sexual violence. Whether this risk extends to male recreational athletes has not been explored. This study assessed associations between attitudes toward women, rape myth acceptance, and prevalence of sexual coercion among 379 male, undergraduate recreational and intercollegiate athletes and non-athletes. Our analyses showed significant differences between the responses of athletes and non-athletes for all dependent variables, and intercollegiate and recreational athletes on attitudes toward women and the prevalence of sexual coercion. Controlling for rape myth acceptance and traditional gender role attitudes eliminated differences between athletes and non-athletes in prevalence of sexual coercion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-812
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

Keywords

  • college athletes
  • rape myths
  • sexual coercion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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