Title

Men's Sexual Coerciveness, Perceptions of Women's Attachment, and Dating Preferences

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Springer Publishing Company

Source Publication

Violence and Victims

Source ISSN

0886-6708

Abstract

This study examined whether sexually coercive men are uniquely drawn to certain attachment styles in women. Specifically, it employed an experimental design to investigate what sorts of inferences men draw about women based on women's attachment styles and whether a woman's attachment style may serve as an indicator of vulnerability, rendering sexually coercive men more attracted to some women than to others. One-hundred thirty-six college men completed a measure of sexual coerciveness and answered questions about personal ads experimentally manipulated for portrayed attachment style. Findings suggest that sexually coercive men may be more attracted to women with characteristics associated with sexual vulnerability. Additionally, men perceive women differently based on their attachment styles, and sexually coercive men may perceive women differently than do other men.

Comments

Violence and Victims, Vol. 32, No. 5 (2017): 935-952. DOI.

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