The purpose of the current study was to explore the relationship between implicit and explicit evaluations of sexual aggression and indicators of sexually aggressive behavior in samples of students and community men recruited online. Participants were male undergraduate students recruited online from a Canadian University (N = 150) and men recruited from the community via an online panel (N = 378). Participants completed measures of implicit and explicit evaluations of sexual aggression, cognitive distortions regarding rape, self-reported past sexually aggressive behavior, and self-reported proclivity to commit sexually aggressive behavior. We found that more positive explicit evaluations and more cognitive distortions were moderately to strongly associated with sexual aggression; however, this was not the case for implicit evaluations of rape. Our results suggest that explicit evaluations of sexual aggression and cognitive distortions may be relevant for understanding sexual aggression against adults, and that more research is needed exploring whether or not implicit evaluations are associated with sexually aggressive behavior.

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Keywords evaluations, explicit attitudes, implicit attitudes, rape, sexual aggression against adults
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/1079063216681560
Journal Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment
Citation
Hermann, C.A. (Chantal A.), Nunes, K, & Maimone, S. (Sacha). (2018). Examining Implicit and Explicit Evaluations of Sexual Aggression and Sexually Aggressive Behavior in Men Recruited Online. Sexual Abuse: Journal of Research and Treatment, 30(5), 484–509. doi:10.1177/1079063216681560