The authors thank Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa, Hitoshi Dairoku, Yasuhiro Nakashima, and Toshiaki Tanaka for allowing data collection in their classes.
Personality Correlates with Frequency of Being Targeted for Unexpected Advances by Strangers1
Version of Record online: 23 APR 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 948–968, May 2007
How to Cite
Sakaguchi, K. and Hasegawa, T. (2007), Personality Correlates with Frequency of Being Targeted for Unexpected Advances by Strangers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 948–968. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00194.x
- Issue online: 23 APR 2007
- Version of Record online: 23 APR 2007
Female Japanese students answered questionnaires about personality (Sociosexual Orientation Inventory and the Big Five) and the frequency of having been targeted for unexpected advances by strangers. Women who reported having been frequently targeted for being “picked up” with sexual intentions had unrestricted sociosexuality (r = .38, p < .0001; n = 145) and had personalities that suggested unrestricted sociosexuality (extraversion and openness). The frequency of being targeted for inappropriate touching was not associated consistently with personality traits. Women who reported having been frequently targeted for nonsexual advances were likely to rate themselves high in agreeableness. The ecological significance of the ability to choose a stranger with whom to interact, based on person perceptions through brief observation, is discussed.