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Violence Against Women. 2017 Jun;23(7):795-812. doi: 10.1177/1077801216651339. Epub 2016 May 30.

Sexual Coercion Practices Among Undergraduate Male Recreational Athletes, Intercollegiate Athletes, and Non-Athletes.

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1 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
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2 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA.
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3 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, USA.
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4 Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Prior research shows that male intercollegiate athletes are at risk for perpetrating sexual violence. Whether this risk extends to male recreational athletes has not been explored. This study assessed associations between attitudes toward women, rape myth acceptance, and prevalence of sexual coercion among 379 male, undergraduate recreational and intercollegiate athletes and non-athletes. Our analyses showed significant differences between the responses of athletes and non-athletes for all dependent variables, and intercollegiate and recreational athletes on attitudes toward women and the prevalence of sexual coercion. Controlling for rape myth acceptance and traditional gender role attitudes eliminated differences between athletes and non-athletes in prevalence of sexual coercion.

KEYWORDS:

college athletes; rape myths; sexual coercion

PMID:
27247201
DOI:
10.1177/1077801216651339

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