Attitudes towards sexual coercion by Polish high school students: links with risky sexual scripts, pornography use, and religiosity (2016)

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Paulina Tomaszewska & Barbara Krahé

Page 1-17 | Received 27 May 2015, Accepted 25 May 2016, Published online: 18 Jul 2016

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2016.1195892

ABSTRACT

The link between cognitive scripts for consensual sexual interactions and attitudes towards sexual coercion was studied in 524 Polish high school students. We proposed that risky sexual scripts, containing risk elements linked to sexual aggression, would be associated with attitudes condoning sexual coercion. Pornography use and religiosity were included as predictors of participants’ risky sexual scripts and attitudes towards sexual coercion. Risky sexual scripts were linked to attitudes condoning sexual coercion. Pornography use was indirectly linked to attitudes condoning sexual coercion via risky sexual scripts. Religiosity showed a positive direct link with attitudes towards sexual coercion, but a negative indirect link through risky sexual scripts. The results are discussed regarding the significance of risky sexual scripts, pornography use, and religiosity in understanding attitudes towards sexual coercion as well as their implications for preventing sexually aggressive behaviour.

KEYWORDS: Sexual scriptsattitudes towards sexual coercionpornographyreligiosityPoland