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NCJ Number: 228315 Find in a Library
Title: Women's Awareness of and Discomfort with Sexual Assault Cues: Effects of Alcohol Consumption and Relationship Type
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:1106-1125
Author(s): Kelly Cue Davis; Susan A. Stoner; Jeanette Norris; William H. George; N. Tatiana Masters
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: AA12219
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the effects of alcohol and relationship type on women's sexual risk perception.
Abstract: Findings indicate that alcohol may increase women's sexual victimization assault likelihood. Researchers conducted two studies to examine the effects of alcohol consumption and relationship type on women's awareness of and feelings of discomfort with sexual assault risk cues. Study data indicated that a moderate dose of alcohol interfered with recognition of ambiguous risk cues. Sober women become increasingly uncomfortable as risk cues become more clear, but intoxicated women showed no such increase in discomfort. Because intoxicated women are less likely than sober women to perceive risk early in the situation when cues are typically ambiguous, they may also be less likely to take precautions early in the dating episode, thereby increasing their vulnerability to sexual assault. In study 1, data were collected from 62 women average age of 22 from a large western university. In study 2, 351 women age 21 to 35 were recruited from the same university and the community. Tables, figure, note, and references
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Victimization risk
Index Term(s): Alcohol-crime relationship; Behavior patterns; Female victims; Intelligence-crime relationships; Psychological victimization effects; Psychosexual behavior; Risk taking behavior; Sexual assault victims; Society-crime relationships; Victim attitudes; Victim profiles; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of violent crime
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