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Graduation Term


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Rocio Rivadeneyra


Sexual assault has become a prevalent problem on college campuses in the U.S. One in four to five women are victims of sexual assault while attending college, and a majority of the perpetrators are men (Fisher, Daigle, & Cullen, 2010; McDermott, Kilmartin, McKelvey, & Kridel, 2015). Previous research has linked several factors, such as young men’s masculinity conformity and frequent pornography use to high frequencies of sexual aggression (Bouffard, 2010). Additionally, other research has stated young men’s sense of entitlement has also been shown to mediate masculinity and rape related attitudes and behaviors (Hill & Fischer, 2001). However, little research has investigated this concept of entitlement and young men may be adopting this viewpoint during their adolescence when their gender identity is developing. Therefore, the current study will further investigate the concept of entitlement regarding the male gender role and decipher the different social resources such as media and parents that may influence young men’s adoption of feeling entitled to women.


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