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Experiences With Dating Aggression and Sexual Coercion Among Polish College Students

NCJ Number
Journal of Interpersonal Violence Volume: 23 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2008 Pages: 58-73
Krystyna Doroszewicz; Gordon B. Forbes
Date Published
January 2008
16 pages
This article studied dating aggression and sexual coercion in Polish college women and men.
Dating aggression and sexual coercion were studied in Polish college women (n = 100) and men ( n = 101) using the Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy, & Sugarman, 1996). Rates of psychological and physical aggression, sexual coercion, and injury were compared for men and women. Rates of physical aggression, sexual coercion, and injury were compared with preliminary data from 31 universities and 16 countries from the International Dating Violence Study (IDVS; Straus, 2003, 2004). Rates of psychological aggression, physical aggression, and sexual coercion were high with respective rates of 77 percent, 36 percent, and 42 percent for men and 89 percent, 48 percent, and 40 percent for women. Relative to the IDVS samples, Polish men and women had high levels of physical aggression and sexual coercion. Relative to the IDVS samples, women, but not men, had high levels of causing injury to their partner and using threats or actual physical force to obtain oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse. The possible influences of high levels of domestic violence in Polish society and rapid changes in women's roles are discussed. (Published Abstract)