Sexual victimization, fear of sexual powerlessness, and cognitive emotion dysregulation as barriers to sexual assertiveness in college women.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The current study examined sexual victimization and two barriers to young women's sexual assertiveness: fear of sexual powerlessness and cognitive emotion dysregulation. College women (N = 499) responded to surveys and indicated that fear of sexual powerlessness and, to a lesser extent, cognitive emotion dysregulation were barriers to sexual assertiveness. Compared with nonvictims, sexually victimized women had greater problems with sexual assertiveness, fear of sexual powerlessness, and cognitive emotion dysregulation. Among victims, fear of sexual powerlessness and emotion dysregulation interacted to impede sexual assertiveness. Findings support targeting identified barriers in interventions to improve sexual assertiveness and reduce risk for unwanted sexual experiences and sexual victimization.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zerubavel, N; Messman-Moore, TL

Published Date

  • December 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1518 - 1537

PubMed ID

  • 24379216

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8448

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1077801213517566


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States