Dimensions of Israeli adolescents' attitudes toward dating sexual coercion: An interactional approach

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Data was collected from a cohort of eleventh-graders (N = 329) to examine a conceptual framework of dating violence as an interactive event applied to Israeli adolescents. A series of multidimensional scaling (MDS) maps were conducted to examine the relative prominence of the different facets. The most prominent facet was the reaction dimension, differentiating between cooperation, passivity and active resistance. A secondary facet that emerged was the facet of clarity vs. ambiguity in reaction, differentiating between cooperation and resistance on the one hand, and passivity on the other. Male adolescent judges interpreted a girl's resistance (passive or active) as more of a resistance than a boy's. Female judges hardly differentiated between genders when relating to active resistance. However, they did differentiate between passive reactions of boys as compared to girls. Further, they differentiated between passive reactions according to the type of sexual advancement made (make-out vs. intercourse). In other words, for the female adolescent judge, when a boy is passive it is less of a "no" than when a girl is passive, and being passive when sexual intercourse is initiated is different than being passive when a make-out is initiated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-96
Number of pages26
JournalIndividual Differences Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Biological Psychiatry


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