Committee Chair

Ozbek, Nicki

Committee Member

Ourth, Lynn

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

While narcissism has been linked to aggression, studies directly examining the relationship of narcissism with sexual aggression have yielded inconsistent results. This is likely due to the global measures of narcissism used. These measures are not sensitive to whether the components of narcissism are activated in sexual versus non-sexual domains. This study examined sexual narcissism as a predictor of rape myth acceptance, which has been consistently related to sexual aggression. In addition, the researcher attempted to show that sexual narcissism is a unique predictor of sexual aggression. This was done in three phases. Phase 1 demonstrated that sexual narcissism is a predictor of rape myth acceptance. This was done by surveying male college students on their sexual attitudes and behaviors, while phase 2 illustrated that sexual narcissism can predict sexual aggression. Once again, this was done by surveying male college students. Finally, phase 3 consisted of convicted male sex offenders who were participating in a compulsory treatment program. Researchers illustrated that men who had higher levels of sexual narcissism would also report more accounts of past sexual aggression and a greater likelihood of participating in future sexual aggression than men who reported lower levels of sexual narcissism.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2009

Subject

Narcissism; Aggressiveness

Keyword

Sexual Assault; Rape; Narcissistic personality

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

ix, 86 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Included in

Psychology Commons

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