Sexual Coercion in India: an exploratory analysis using demographic variables

Arch Sex Behav. 1999 Dec;28(6):523-38. doi: 10.1023/a:1018717216774.


A 14-item Sexual Coercion Inventory (SCI) was administered to an urban university sample in Western India. Twenty-six percent of the sample reported a total of 160 incidents of sexual coercion ranging in severity from unwanted kissing to sexual intercourse. The most common outcome was intercourse and was followed by kissing and fondling. No gender differences were discovered regarding victim status or types of coercion tactics experienced. A MANOVA analysis found no overall gender effect, but marital status and protected class membership did have a significant effect with people who are married and protected class members reporting more sexual coercion. Reasons for the lack of an overall gender effect and limitations of this research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Culture
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Sexual Behavior / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sexual Harassment / psychology
  • Sexual Harassment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Urban Population