Sexually overt approaches in singles bars

Huber, Jonathan D.; Herold, Edward S.
September 2006
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2006, Vol. 15 Issue 3/4, p133
Academic Journal
This study analyzed attitudes toward and the use of sexually overt approach behaviours (SOAB) in the context of singles bars. Naturalistic observations in five Ontario bars were conducted to obtain examples of the types of SOABs occurring there. Additionally, university women (N = 155) ranging in age from 18 to 28 (M = 19.4) were surveyed to measure their attitudes toward and experiences with SOABs in singles bars. Most of the women had experienced SOABs, yet most held attitudes that were not accepting of them. Groping behaviours were the least accepted. Most behaviours were judged as unacceptable, but not as sexual harassment. Using Pearson correlations, five variables, namely Number of Partners, Personal Normative Beliefs Regarding Casual Sex, Cognitive Attitudes toward SOABs, Affective Attitudes Toward SOABs, and Attitudes Toward SOABs were significantly related to experience with SOABs. However, in the regression analysis, only two of the predictor variables. Number of Partners and Attitudes Toward SOABs, were significantly related to experiencing SOABs.


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