Shots and Short Skirts: An Examination of How Alcohol and Dress Cues Influence College Students' Interpretations of Sexual Interest and Consent

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2019-08

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The overarching purpose of this research was to examine the role of specific alcoholic beverage cues and dress cues on perceptions of sexual interest and consent. The current study was the first to examine the effects of specific types of alcoholic beverages on interpretations of sexual interest and consent. We hypothesized that both alcohol and revealing clothing would be associated with increased interpretations of sexual interest and consent, and that these interpretations will be strongest with both alcohol and revealing clothing present. Additionally, we hypothesized that certain alcoholic beverages would be more strongly associated with perceptions of sexual interest and consent. The results supported our hypotheses, however gender differences were not found. Furthermore, when compared to alcohol and dress cues individually, the combined effects of alcohol and revealing clothing were associated with the greatest interpretations of sexual interest and consent. This suggests that for both men and women, alcohol and dress cues serve as stronger signals of sexual interest and consent.

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Alcohol, Dress cues, Sexual interest, Sexual consent

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