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Women’s Lived Experiences of Sexual Coercion in Intimate Relationships with Men

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Title: Women’s Lived Experiences of Sexual Coercion in Intimate Relationships with Men
Author: Jeffrey, Nicole
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Barata, Paula
Abstract: Research on less forceful forms of sexual coercion in the context of intimate relationships has been limited. One hundred and fifty-two university women participated in a prescreen survey and of the 32.24% who had at least one experience with sexual coercion in their most recent exclusive relationship with a man, 12 participated in an in-depth interview about their experiences. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to examine women’s subjective experiences with sexual coercion, particularly less forceful forms, in intimate relationships with men. Results found that while some women interpreted their partner’s sexual coercion negatively, many viewed it as unproblematic and were not particularly troubled by it. The severity of coercion and the context of women’s relationships impacted their interpretations of the coercion, which in turn impacted the effects of coercion on the women and their relationships. Implications for sexual victimization outreach, counselling, and prevention initiatives and sexual health research are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8308
Date: 2014-08-21


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