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Below the age of consent: Double standards, context effects, and mediating judgments in preconceptions of adolescent-adult sexual relationships

By Miranda A. H. Horvath and Roger Giner-Sorolla

Abstract

Sexual age-of-consent violations involving adult–adolescent relationships (AARs) are sometimes viewed with ambivalence by the media and are infrequently prosecuted. Two studies conducted in Britain (where the age of consent is 16) examined influences on disapproval of minimally presented AARs between a 14-year-old and a 30-year-old. In Study 1, AARs involving an older man were seen as more harmful and objectionable than those involving an older woman. A second study on a jury-eligible adult population replicated Study 1's gender effects, and also found a difference between legal knowledge and personal belief that the older person had committed a crime. Gender effects in both studies were mediated by perceived harm and emotions

Topics: BF
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:13145
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