The role of alcohol expectancies and alcohol consumption among sexually victimized and nonvictimized college women

W. R. Corbin, J. A. Bernat, K. S. Calhoun, L. I.L.Y.D. McNair, K. L. Seals

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Abstract

The present study investigated alcohol expectancies, alcohol consumption, sexual assertiveness, and the number of consensual sexual partners as potential risk factors for sexual assault among three groups of college women: nonvictimized, moderately victimized, and severely victimized. Women with severe victimization histories (attempted or completed rape), compared with nonvictims, reported more consensual sexual partners, less perceived assertiveness in their ability to refuse unwanted sexual advances, greater weekly alcohol consumption, and more positive outcome expectancies for alcohol including tension reduction, sexual enhancement, and global positive change. In addition, for both victimized and nonvictimized women, consumption of alcohol and expectancies of social enhancement following alcohol use independently accounted for a significant portion of the variance of sexual activity following alcohol consumption. Findings are discussed with respect to research aimed at reducing sexual assault among women who are at highest risk for sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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