Mental health profile of sexual violence perpetrators among university students in Hong Kong

Ko Ling Edward Chan, Douglas A. Brownridge, W. C. Leung, Agnes Tiwari, Hesta W.Y. Ho

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To study the prevalence of sexual coercion and examine mental health correlates of perpetrators of sexual coercion among dating partners in a sample of students attending three universities in Hong Kong. A convenience sample of 651 students were recruited from three universities in Hong Kong. The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2) and the Personal and Relationships Profile (PRP) were employed to provide data on the prevalence and correlates of sexual violence in dating relationships. The lifetime and preceding-year prevalence of sexual coercion were 19.8% and 14.6%, respectively. The strongest mental health predictors of sexual violence perpetration were antisocial personality disorder and a history of neglect. The findings suggest that a history of neglect in the family of origin and antisocial personality disorder should be included in the assessment of risk. Mental health factors should be addressed in treatment programs for sexual offenders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFamily Relations
Subtitle of host publication21st Century Issues and Challenges
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781604560923
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese
  • Dating violence
  • Familial history of maltreatment
  • Mental health
  • Personality disorders
  • Sexual violence perpetrator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Psychology


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