A Path Analysis of Racially Diverse Men’s Sexual Victimization, Risk-Taking, and Attitudes
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sexual assault, men’s victimization, structural equation modeling, sexual risk-taking
Nationally, 1 in 6 men report some form of sexual victimization in his lifetime, and rates differ across racial and ethnic groups. Although research has explored the relations between sexual victimization, sexual risk behavior, and sexual attitudes among women, a dearth of literature investigates these relationships among men. Using structural equation modeling among 284 racially diverse young men, this cross-sectional study tested the mediating role of sexual risk-taking behavior on sexual victimization and attitudes about sex. Two models were tested, one to explore general attitudes toward women and the other to explore racially stereotyped attitudes toward women. The general model was a good fit of the data and showed full mediation for White men and Men of Color. The racially stereotyped mediation model fit the data for Men of Color but not White men. Implications for counseling and future research are discussed.
Psychology of Men & Masculinities