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Title: Non-volitional sex in adult males
Author: Coxell, Adrian William
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 8956
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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Background: Research on victims of sexual crime is highly gendered with much more research having been performed on females' experience of non-volitional sex (NVS) in adulthood. No previous study of NVS in adult males in England has investigated the prevalence and characteristics of NVS and its association with mental health and sexually abusive experiences in childhood. Objective: There were five main objectives: 1) To obtain an estimate of the prevalence of NVS in a large sample of men attending general practice (GP) surgeries, and from a sample of men attending a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic 2) To describe the characteristics of NVS 3) To test for associations between NVS and mental health problems and 4) To test for an association between child sexual abuse and NVS. Design: Two cross sectional surveys using a computer-administered interview Setting Data were collected from men attending one GUM clinic in London, and from men attending eighteen GP surgeries in England. Participants: Consecutive attendees aged eighteen or over were recruited from the GP surgeries (n=2474) and the GUM clinic (n = 224). Results: The prevalence of non-volitional sex was approximately 3% in the GP sample and 18% in the GUM clinic sample. Data from the combined samples found that NVS was a marginally significant predictor of a lifetime history of self harm, and that child sexual abuse was a significant predictor of reporting non-volitional sex in adulthood. Conclusions: The rate of NVS in the GP sample was similar to that reported in other studies of NVS in adult men. The association between NVS and self harm is consistent with research which demonstrates mental health difficulties in men who report NVS. As with previous research, child sexual abuse predicted reporting NVS, suggesting that this association is robust.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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