For obvious reasons, a situation of sexual coercion can never be directly studied. In order to approach as closely as possible such a situation, different proxies have been developed (written vignette, audiotape, videotape and confederates). Nevertheless, only written vignettes are available for French-speaking researchers interested in studying situations of sexual coercion.
The aim of this research is thus to introduce and to validate the French version of an audiotape commonly used in research, the “date rape analogue task”.
As part of a research about the effects of alcohol and sexual arousal in sexual coercion, 153 participants were recruited from the general population.
Results support the construct validity of the French version. While the operationalization of a situation of sexual coercion remains a major challenge, this is the first validated audiotape available in French. This experimental stimulus is particularly relevant for studying the perceptual, emotional, cognitive and contextual determinants underlying decision-making relative to the use of coercive strategies, as they may be experienced from individuals’ standpoints.
New research is all the more important considering that for a prevention program to be fully effective, processes and mechanisms that explain sexual coercion in situ should be taken into account.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Sexual coercion, Operationalization, Experimental stimulus, Validity, Experimental approach
|☆|| La version en français de cet article, publiée dans l’édition imprimée de la revue, est disponible en ligne : https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sexol.2018.02.003.