Monica Williams and Bill McCarthy's paper "Assessing Stereotypes of Adolescent Rape" has been published in the Journal of Criminal Justice.
In this paper, Monica Williams (Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice Department, Weber State, Ph. D. 2013) and Bill McCarthy's examine adolescent rape in light of two popular stereotypes of young rapists. The “deficit” view emphasizes various sexual, psychological, or social problems, whereas the “entitlement” perspective highlights instrumental motivation, confidence, and gender-based privileges. Using data on adolescent males from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), they find notable associations between adolescent rape and variables emphasized by both stereotypes: net of a range of controls, a history of sexual abuse and low sexual self-control were associated with rape, but rape was also positively associated with self-esteem. They found no significant relationships between adolescent rape and sexual precociousness, number of sexual partners, using sex as a coping mechanism, social isolation, impulsivity, or narcissism. These findings suggest that both the deficit and entitlement stereotypes hold some merit for understanding why some young men rape. The paper is available via the following link: