Premarital sexual aggressors: A multivariate analysis of social, relational, and individual variables

F. Scott Christopher, Mary Madura, Lori Weaver

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Grounded in social learning theory, this study investigated sex differences in and correlates of premarital sexual aggression using two operational definitions of sexual aggression. Analyses of survey responses from 380 single males and 241 females revealed convergent validity for the two measures and consistency in findings across tests of the three hypotheses. Sexual aggression was more common in men's than in women's dating relationships. Multivariate analyses revealed significant positive associations between premarital sexual aggression and past acts of sexual aggression for women only, between premarital sexual aggression and accepting rape myths for men only, and between premarital sexual aggression and relationship conflict for both men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-69
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1998



  • Dyadic conflict
  • Premarital sexuality
  • Rape myth
  • Sexual aggression
  • Sexual experiences survey
  • Social learning theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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