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Choi: Factors Influencing Sexual Assertiveness of Women University Students in Nursing



The purpose of this study was to identify the level of sexual assertiveness in women students in nursing and also, to investigate factors that influence sexual assertiveness.


In this study, 373 women students in nursing who were enrolled in a university in B city, Korea and who gave written consent completed the questionnaire between May 15 and May 30, 2016. Data were analyzed using t-test, one-way ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficients and multiple regression.


The level of sexual assertiveness in the women students in nursing was 54.84±5.82. Sexual assertiveness showed negative correlations with gender role stereotypes (r=-.37, p<.001), and permissiveness of dating violence (r=-.15, p<.005), and a positive correlation with self-esteem (r=.36, p<.001). Models including the variables explained 18% of the variance for sexual assertiveness. Gender role stereotypes and self-esteem were the influential factors.


Based on the outcomes of this study, it is necessary to design intervention programs that emphasize sexual assertiveness of women students in nursing.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

General Characteristics (N=373)

Table 2

Level of Gender Role Stereotypes, Permissiveness of Dating Violence, Self-esteem and Sexual Assertiveness (N=373)

Table 3

Difference of Sexual Assertiveness according to General Characteristics (N=373)

Table 4

Correlation between Gender Role Stereotypes, Permissiveness of Dating Violence, Self-esteem and Sexual Assertiveness (N=373)

Table 5

Influencing Factor Sexual Assertiveness (N=373)



This work was supported by the Youngsan University research fund(2016).

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST The authors declared no conflict of interest.


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