Title

How do military men perceive sexual consent and how does it make them behave?

Presenter Information

Shirley RansdellFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

Organizational Communication

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Dr. Jana Hackathorn

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

According to recent research, sexual assault in military population has become an increasing problem since 2016 and affects thousands of individuals each year (Ferdinando, 2018). However, it is unclear what is driving this particular pattern. As consent is an important part of the ethicality of sexual activity (Beres, 2007), sexual assault may be the consequence of a misunderstanding in regards to whether consent occurred (Jozkowski, et al. 2019). The current study will attempt to examine what factors might be influencing those perceptions of consent (Humphreys, T, P, & Brousseau M, M, 2010), and whether there is a difference in those factors between military and civilian population. Specifically, we are measuring empathy (Davis, M, H, 1980), sexual media diet (e.g., pornography watching) (Peter, J, & Valkenburg, P, M, 2007), and masculinity (Snell, W, E, Jr, 1989),as potential predictors of liberal perceptions of consent. Participants will be recruited to complete an online survey that has been approved by the MSU IRB. The research is currently in progress.

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How do military men perceive sexual consent and how does it make them behave?

According to recent research, sexual assault in military population has become an increasing problem since 2016 and affects thousands of individuals each year (Ferdinando, 2018). However, it is unclear what is driving this particular pattern. As consent is an important part of the ethicality of sexual activity (Beres, 2007), sexual assault may be the consequence of a misunderstanding in regards to whether consent occurred (Jozkowski, et al. 2019). The current study will attempt to examine what factors might be influencing those perceptions of consent (Humphreys, T, P, & Brousseau M, M, 2010), and whether there is a difference in those factors between military and civilian population. Specifically, we are measuring empathy (Davis, M, H, 1980), sexual media diet (e.g., pornography watching) (Peter, J, & Valkenburg, P, M, 2007), and masculinity (Snell, W, E, Jr, 1989),as potential predictors of liberal perceptions of consent. Participants will be recruited to complete an online survey that has been approved by the MSU IRB. The research is currently in progress.