Understanding the Association Between Athletic Participation and Sexual Aggression “ Mediating Factors” Earl E. Walker, Jr., M.Ed. Boston University Committee Members: Leonard Zaichkowsky, Ph.D., Judy Pierson, Ed.D., John Cheffers, Ed.D., Eric Hartung, Ed.D., William Pollack, Ph.D.
Sexual Aggression: the use of force on a woman to have nonconsensual sex (or the attempt) and the use of threat in order to coerce a woman to have sex (Cook, 1995). Also the use of these same methods to initiate unwanted sexual contact (Koss & Gaines, 1982)
The findings from this study may shed light on whether or not we need to direct special intervention and prevention programs to athletes or more broadly defined populations who possess the qualities ascertained in this study that are associated with sexual aggression.
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