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NCJ Number: 236254 Find in a Library
Title: Women's Avoidance of Rape
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:5  Dated:September/October 2011  Pages:437-443
Author(s): William F. McKibbin; Todd K. Shackelford
Date Published: October 2011
Page Count: 7
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: Females of many species have recurrently faced the adaptive problem of rape over the species' evolutionary history.
Abstract: Females of many species have recurrently faced the adaptive problem of rape over the species' evolutionary history. In humans, rape of women by men has occurred throughout recorded history and across cultures, and exacts on women severe psychological, physical, and reproductive costs. Women therefore may have evolved psychological mechanisms that motivate rape avoidance behaviors. The authors provide an overview of recent theoretical and empirical research addressing women's rape avoidance psychology and behavior from an evolutionary perspective. This research indicates that women may possess evolved mechanisms that motivate rape avoidance. The authors conclude by highlighting several directions for research that may further clarify the design features of human female evolved mechanisms that motivate rape avoidance. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences
Index Term(s): Deterrence; Psychological research; Rape; Rape research
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