A test of the mate deprivation hypothesis of sexual coercion

According to the mate deprivation hypothesis of sexual coercion, males are more likely to use sexually coercive tactics if they are disadvantaged in gaining access to desirable mates. This hypothesis was tested in a sample of 156 young, heterosexual, mostly single men enrolled in a Canadian university. Differential access to mates was indexed by self-perceived mating success, self-reported sexual history, and relative earning potential. Sexual coercion was assessed using the M. P. Koss and C. J. Oros (1982) sexual experiences survey. Results did not support the hypothesis: men who identified themselves as sexually coercive tended to have higher self-perceived mating success, had significantly more extensive sexual histories, and did not report lower relative earning potential. Coercive men reported a greater preference for partner variety and casual sex. Sexual strategy theory is used to propose 2 alternative models of sexual coercion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)
Lalumiere,Martin L.
Chalmers,Lori J.
Quinsey,Vernon L.
Seto,Michael C.
LA- English AN- 1997-02661-002
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Ethology Sociobiology
The mate deprivation hypothesis states that males who have more limited access to mates are more likely to resort to sexual coercion. This study uses a sample of 156 undergraduate college males from a Canadian University to test this hypothesis. Access to mates was indexed and sexual coercion was rated using Koss' sexual experiences survey. The results did not support the hypothesis. Sexually coercive males had (nonsignificantly) higher perceived mating success and significantly more sexual experience. The limitations of this study are addressed and further study and analyses suggested.
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Male-female relations; perpetration
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