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Predicting College Women's Self-esteem Based on Verbal Coercion Experience and Verbal Tactic Items on the Revised Sexual Experiences Survey.

Authors
  • Osman, Suzanne L1
  • Lane, Halle L1
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of interpersonal violence
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2022
Volume
37
Issue
23-24
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/08862605211062989
PMID: 34939510
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Verbal coercion experience is common among college women and has sometimes been associated with lower self-esteem. The current study examined self-esteem based on the two verbal coercion items included in the latest version of the most popular measure of sexual victimization experience, the Sexual Experiences Survey-Short Form Victimization (SES-SFV; Koss et al., 2007). One item includes verbal tactics categorized as "threat" and the other item includes verbal tactics categorized as "criticism." Undergraduate women (n = 479) completed the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and the SES-SFV. Results showed that women who experienced criticism reported lower self-esteem than those who did not experience criticism. However, threat experience was not significantly related to women's self-esteem. Findings support Koss et al.'s suggestion that criticism tactics are more negative than threat tactics, and imply that self-esteem may be negatively associated with some sexually coercive verbal tactics but not associated with others. Future researchers should pay careful attention to operational definitions of verbal coercion.

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