Recent studies indicate that dating aggression is a prevalent issue among emerging adults in committed romantic relationships. However, little is known about aggression experienced within casual sexual relationships and experiences (CSREs). CSREs are sexual relationships/experiences occurring outside of committed relationships. Previous work from our lab provides evidence for the prevalence of emotional, physical, and sexual aggression across a variety of CSREs in a sample of college students. The current study extends this work by examining dating aggression in CSREs utilizing a daily diary methodology from a college and community sample.
Data were derived from an online study of CSREs around an alcohol-based event (Halloween). Participants age 18-29 completed five daily diary assessments where they were asked about sexual encounter(s) and experiences of emotional, physical, and sexual aggression. This study includes data only from individuals who engaged in a CSRE. To assess the type of CSRE, participants were given definitions of a friends with benefits relationship, a booty call, and a one-night stand, and selected which best classified their encounter. To measure dating aggression, three items from Add Health assessed whether participants experienced emotional, physical, and sexual aggression.
I will report the percentages of the three subtypes of dating aggression across various types of CSREs. Additionally, I will conduct bivariate analyses to examine whether significant differences exist between the types of aggression across these CSREs. Finally, I will conduct logistic regressions to examine gender differences and interactions by sample. I anticipate evidence for all three types of dating aggression across CSREs.
Dr. Manfred Van Dulmen