Jennifer A. Livingston, Research Institute on Addictions, University of Buffalo; Amy Buddie, Department of Psychology, Kennesaw State University; Maria Testa and Carol VanZile-Tamsen, Research Institute on Addictions, University of Buffalo.
THE ROLE OF SEXUAL PRECEDENCE IN VERBAL SEXUAL COERCION
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2004
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 287–297, December 2004
How to Cite
Livingston, J. A., Buddie, A. M., Testa, M. and VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2004), THE ROLE OF SEXUAL PRECEDENCE IN VERBAL SEXUAL COERCION. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28: 287–297. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2004.00146.x
This research was supported by Grant R01 AA12013 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and NIH Director's Office of Research on Women's Health to Maria Testa. We thank Kimberly Bauerlein, Judi Callahan-Jones, Kathleen Callanan, Stacy Croff, Cassandra Hoebbel, Tiffany Holmes, Heather Neubeck, Matthew Testa, Cynthia Warthling, and Elizabeth Young for their assistance in recruiting, interviewing, and transcribing.
- Issue published online: 9 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2004
- Initial submission: February 19, 2003 Initial acceptance: June 16, 2003 Final acceptance: April 30, 2004
Experiences of verbal sexual coercion are common and have potential for negative consequences, yet are not well understood. This study used qualitative and descriptive statistics to examine verbal sexual coercion experiences among a community sample of 114 women and explored the role of sexual precedence in these experiences. Analyses revealed that sexual precedence plays an important role in determining how these experiences come about and why women acquiesce to unwanted intercourse. Verbal persuasion and persistence were the most commonly reported tactics. The valence of this verbal persuasion differed qualitatively according to precedence status, with those having a history of sexual precedence using negative persuasion (e.g., threats to relationship) and those with no precedence relying on positive messages (e.g., sweet talk). Most women used direct verbal resistance to indicate their unwillingness to have sex, regardless of precedence status. Women's reasons for compliance and consequences differed qualitatively according to sexual precedence status.