Seffrin, Patrick M. (2017). The Competition–Violence Hypothesis: Sex, Marriage, and Male Aggression. Justice Quarterly.
vol. 34 (4) pp. 652-673
Sexually active men, who are not in a monogamous relationship, may be at a greater risk for violence than men who are sexually active within monogamous relationships and men who are not sexually active. The current study examines changes in sexual behavior and violence in adolescence to early adulthood. Data on male (n = 4,597) and female (n = 5,523) respondents were drawn from four waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent and Adult Health (Add Health). HLM regression models indicate that men who transition to a monogamous, or less competitive, mode of sexual behavior (fewer partners since last wave), reduce their risk for violence. The same results were not replicated for females. Further, results were not accounted for by marital status or other more readily accepted explanations of violence. Findings suggest that competition for sex be further examined as a potential cause of male violence. © 2016 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
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Export Date: 30 August 2016 Article in Press
Seffrin, Patrick M.
August 17, 2016