Optimistic bias, sexual assault, and fear

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Abstract

A survey of 431 adults documents optimistic bias regarding people's perceived risk of sexual victimization. The findings extend optimistic bias to crime victimization and contribute to the literature by considering a motivational factor, fear, as a predictor of optimistic bias. The study also yielded significant relationships between optimistic bias and demographic variables, including age, gender, and family structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-28
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Volume139
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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