Sexual Aggression among Women and Men in an Iranian Sample: Prevalence and Correlates

Malayeri, Shera; Nater, Christa; Krahé, Barbara; Sczesny, Sabine (2022). Sexual Aggression among Women and Men in an Iranian Sample: Prevalence and Correlates. Sex roles, 87(3-4), pp. 139-153. Springer 10.1007/s11199-022-01312-2

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This pre-registered study examined the prevalence and correlates of sexual aggression in a sample of 530 Iranians (322 women, 208 men) with a behaviorally specifc questionnaire distinguishing between diferent coercive strategies, victim-perpetrator relationships, and sexual acts. Signifcantly more women (63.0%) than men (51.0%) experienced at least one
incident of sexual aggression victimization since the age of 15 years, and signifcantly more men (37.0%) than women (13.4%) reported at least one incident of sexual aggression perpetration. In women and men, the experience of child sexual abuse predicted sexual victimization and sexual aggression perpetration after the age of 15 years, both directly and indirectly through higher engagement in risky sexual behavior. Greater endorsement of hostile masculinity among men explained additional variance in the prediction of sexual aggression perpetration. This research is a frst step towards documenting and explaining high rates of sexual aggression victimization and perpetration among Iranian women and men, providing important information for sex education as well for the prevention of sexual aggression. However, to achieve these goals, we highlight the need for systematic actions in all educational, social, and legal sectors of Iranian society.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Malayeri, Shera; Nater, Christa and Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
400 Language

ISSN:

1573-2762

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Gassmann-Suter

Date Deposited:

17 Aug 2022 11:50

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 16:22

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11199-022-01312-2

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/172055

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/172055

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