Implicit Objectification and Sexual Aggression Myths in Japanese Culture

by Saori Bezouska

Institution: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: International Psychology
Degree: Doctorate Degree
Year: 2014
Keywords: implicit dehumanization, IAT, disgust sensitivity, egalitarian sex-role attitudes, sexual aggression, Japanese culture
Posted: 12/20/2017
Record ID: 2150697
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In recent years, violence against women has surfaced as a major global health issue. In Japan, sexual violence is under researched and underreported. Thus, the current state of research affairs in Japan hinders global efforts to reduce gender-based violence around the world. To fill a research gap, this study investigated relationships between, and gender differences in, the implicit dehumanization of women (animalization and objectification), disgust sensitivity, explicit sex-role attitudes, and acceptance of sexual aggression myths among Japanese adults. Gender effects on cognitive and attitudinal variables were evaluated using one-way MANOVA, and relationships between variables were evaluated using hierarchical multiple regression analyses. A total of 86 participants (52 males and 34 females) completed a web-based implicit association test and self-report scales. While no significant gender differences were found, the overall regression model supported a positive effect of objectification of women and disgust sensitivity on acceptance of sexual aggression myths.