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“Not just a simple yes or no”: how college students define and communicate sexual consent

Stacey, Claire (2020) “Not just a simple yes or no”: how college students define and communicate sexual consent. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The promotion of affirmative consent is a key aspect of sexual violence prevention programming on American college campuses. However, research on college students and sexual consent is limited. The current study aims to better understand how students define, think about, and communicate consent. Undergraduate students were recruited for semi-structured interviews about their views on consent and an online survey which measured attitudes about sexual consent and sexual anxiety. Participant observation was conducted during a bystander intervention training program. Findings suggest that students accept the importance of affirmative consent but that they do not typically apply the concept to their personal sexual encounters. Data revealed that student consent beliefs and behaviors are influenced by gendered norms, interpersonal relationships, media representations of consent, and discomfort surrounding sex.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Stacey, Clairec.stacey@pitt.eduCLS218
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMusante,
Committee MemberYearwood, Gabby M.
Committee MemberTerry,
Committee MemberWies,
Date: 4 May 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 25 March 2020
Approval Date: 4 May 2020
Submission Date: 17 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 96
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education, sexual violence, ethnography, rape, gender
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 15:12
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 15:12


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