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NCJ Number: 118357 Find in a Library
Title: Courtship Aggression and Mixed-Sex Peer Groups (From Violence in Dating Relationships, P 185-204, 1989, Maureen A Pirog-Good and Jan E Stets, eds. -- See 118347)
Author(s): P Gwartney-Gibbs; J Stockard
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study replicates the study by Gwartney-Gibbs, Stockard, and Bohmer (1987) regarding the nature of subgroups of college students based on their reports of their friends' involvement in sexually aggressive courtship relations.
Abstract: The subgroups identified were a nonaggressive peer group, in which female friends had not been sexually victimized and male friends had not been sexually aggressive; a female victimization peer group, which included female friends who had been sexually victimized but no male friends who had been sexually aggressive; and a sexually aggressive peer group, which included both males who had been sexually aggressive and females who had been sexually victimized. The data used in the current study came from self-administered mail-out/mail-back questionnaires sent to random samples of undergraduates at a large public university on the West Coast in 1982 and 1987. The response rates were 56 percent in 1982 and 72 percent in 1987, with 224 and 485 students, respectively, returning questionnaires with complete data on the variables of interest. The survey inquired about the number of male friends who had been sexually aggressive and the number of female friends who had been victimized by sexually aggressive dates. Data from the current study confirm the presence of the three types of mixed-sex peer groups with distinctly varying involvements in sexual aggression. Suggestions for further research are offered. 3 tables, 6 notes, 31 references.
Main Term(s): Acquaintance rape; Peer influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Dating Violence; Social conditions
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