Exploring Entitlement and Sexually Coercive Behavior Among College Students

Leana Allen Bouffard, North Dakota State University
Daniel Richard King, Indiana University, Bloomington
Christine Ivie, Indiana University

Numerous studies conclude that sexual aggression is a widespread problem on college campuses. What is less well-understood is the context in which sexual aggression occurs and factors leading to aggression or victimization. Scholars often point to fraternity members and athletes as particularly aggressive with the argument that male peer support groups encourage and support aggression against women. However, the empirical support for these arguments is limited. Entitlement is one factor that may explain a perceived link between participation in athletics and/or fraternities and sexual aggression. members of these organizations are often viewed as socially elite, especially on college campuses, fostering a feeling that they are entitled to have their wishes and needs, both general and sexual, fulfilled. This study examines the relationship between measures of general and sexual entitlement, social group membership, and sexual coercion and courtship violence.

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Updated 05/20/2006