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Gender and sexual coercion perpetration level differences in endorsements of aspects of love

Miller, Destiny Lynn (2010) Gender and sexual coercion perpetration level differences in endorsements of aspects of love. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This study examined differences in four aspects of romantic love to see if they related to self-reports of committing acts of sexual coercion for female and male college students. Four new scales were developed that measured Control, Game-Playing, Reciprocity, and Emotional Intensity. These aspects of romantic love (AIR Love) were based on two lovestyles, ludus and mania, from Lee's well-established theory about love (1973, 1976). A total of 101 males and 168 females completed the pencil-and-paper survey study that was used to test study predictions. MANCOVAs examined differences in endorsement of AIR Love by gender and sexual coercion perpetration level, controlling for age and relationship length. Three MANCOVAs examined effects of Gender with Enticement, Emotional Manipulation, or Exploitation Coercion Levels. Evidence suggested suitable development of scales for Control, Reciprocity, and Emotional Intensity. Results for main study hypotheses found that, as predicted, males and females differed in their endorsements of Control, Game-Playing, and Emotional Intensity. The perpetration of Emotional Manipulation and Exploitation Coercion were related to the endorsement of AIR Love Control, as predicted. Other predictions were not supported.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Miller, Destiny Lynndld22@pitt.eduDLD22
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFrieze, Irene Hansonfrieze@pitt.eduFRIEZE
Committee MemberCheong, JeeWonjcheong@pitt.eduJCHEONG
Committee MemberGreenberg, Martingreenber@pitt.eduGREENBER
Date: 26 January 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 27 July 2009
Approval Date: 26 January 2010
Submission Date: 2 December 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: MS - Master of Science
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender differences; love; love styles; sexual coercion
Other ID:, etd-12022009-194506
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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