This article reviews empirical and theoretical studies that examined the relationship between risk perception and sexual victimization in women. Studies examining women's general perceptions of risk for sexual assault as well as their ability to identify and respond to threat in specific situations are reviewed. Theoretical discussions of the optimistic bias and cognitive–ecological models of risk recognition are discussed in order to account for findings in the literature. Implications for interventions with women as well as recommendations for future research are provided.
Aggression and Violent Behavior
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Christine A. Gidycz, John R. McNamara, Katie M. Edwards, Women's risk perception and sexual victimization: A review of the literature, Aggression and Violent Behavior, Volume 11, Issue 5, September–October 2006, Pages 441-456, ISSN 1359-1789, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2006.01.004.
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