Associations Between Sexual Behavior Norm Beliefs in Relationships and Intimate Partner Rape Judgments

Kellie R. Lynch, Jenna A. Jewell, Jonathan M. Golding, Hannah B. Kembel

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Abstract

Using a community sample (n = 296), we investigated the associations between sexual behavior norm beliefs, acceptance of partner rape, judgments that non-consensual partner sex is “wrong not rape,” and decisions if non-consensual partner sex should be charged as rape. Sexual behavior norm beliefs were associated both directly and indirectly with latter components in the model related to acceptance of non-consensual partner sex judgments and charging rape judgments. In addition, participant gender moderated the model, such that many of the associations between the variables were stronger for males than for females. The results have implications for understanding how individuals label rape between intimate partners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-451
Number of pages26
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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Keywords

  • gender differences
  • intimate partner rape
  • sexual behavior
  • social norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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