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The Role of Stranger Harassment Experiences in College Women's Perceived Possibility of Gender Crimes Happening to Them

Donnelly, Lois Catrin and Calogero, R.M. (2018) The Role of Stranger Harassment Experiences in College Women's Perceived Possibility of Gender Crimes Happening to Them. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48 (3). pp. 165-173. ISSN Online 1559-1816

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The present study examined the relation between stranger harassment experiences and college women's perceived possibility of gender and nongender crimes happening to them. Undergraduate women attending a British university completed self‐report measures of stranger harassment and self‐objectification (i.e., self‐surveillance and body shame), and then evaluated four vignettes of various crimes on the severity of the crime and the likelihood of the crime happening to them. Results indicated that stranger harassment is a common experience for these British university women. Serial mediation analyses revealed a direct effect of stranger harassment on perceived likelihood of rape and perceived likelihood of intimate partner violence, and an indirect effect of stranger harassment on rape through self‐surveillance, whereas stranger harassment and indices of self‐objectification were unrelated to perceived likelihood of human trafficking and burglary. Discussion is centered on the role of objectifying experiences in perceptions of gender crimes where sexual and physical harm to women's bodies is emphasized, and the potential impact for those women on the receiving end of unwanted sexual objectification.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: stranger harassment, gender crimes, undergraduate women, British universities
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Lois Donnelly
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 08:46
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:27

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