Special Issue "Psychosocial Correlates of Sexual Violence: From a Target and Perpetrator Perspective"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisca Expósito
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Guest Editor
Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center, University of Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain
Interests: gender discrimination; sexism and initmate partner violence; violence against women; close relationships
Dr. Marta Garrido-Macías
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Assistant Guest Editor
Psychological Sciences Building, Department of Communication and Social Psychology, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
Interests: sexual coercion; sexual violence; sexual aggression; couple relationships; commitment; dependence; victimization; perpetration; intimate partner violence
Dr. Gemma Sáez
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Assistant Guest Editor
Faculty Education Building, Department of Psychology and Anthropology, University of Extremadura, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: sexual objectification; sexism; sexual violence; intimate partner violence; violence against women

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) has launched a Special Issue with the aim to understand sexual violence against women. This high-prevalence phenomenon impacts the physical, mental, and social health of women. Traditionally, sexual violence has been known to be perpetrated by strangers; however, research in this field has recently found that men who keep a close relationship with victims might exert such violence (e.g., romantic partners, colleagues, friends) as well.

We call for unpublished papers that address this phenomenon considering both sides of the coin: men who perpetrate sexual violence and women who are the victims of such men. Moreover, this Special Issue is interested in the different manifestations of sexual violence from the subtlest (e.g., sexual objectification or sexual coercion) to the most explicit experiences (e.g., sexual harassment or rape).

We welcome theoretical, review, and empirical papers that allow us a better general understanding of this complex phenomenon, as well as studies that specifically focus on identifying variables associated with a greater risk of sexual violence victimization and perpetration.

The Special Issue will be published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, a peer-reviewed scientific journal indexed in JCR with an impact factor of 2.849 (2019). For detailed information about the journal, we refer you to https://0-www-mdpi-com.brum.beds.ac.uk/journal/ijerph.

Prof. Dr. Francisca Expósito
Dr. Marta Garrido-Macías
Dr. Gemma Sáez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sexual aggression
  • sexual coercion
  • sexual objectification
  • rape
  • unwanted sexual advances

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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