Differences in Body Esteem and Sexual Assertiveness between Male and Female College Students

Authors

  • Hyun Ju Chae
  • Kwang Ok Lee

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i4.3131

Keywords:

Body esteem, Sexual assertiveness, Male, Female, College students

Abstract

The present study was conducted to identify the differences in body esteem and sexual assertiveness between
male and female college students. A total of 288 students (156 males and 132 females) from a university
in Chungnam, South Korea, participated in this study. A self-administered questionnaire survey with the
study participants was conducted from December 1 to 14, 2018. The data obtained were analyzed using
descriptive statistics, c2 test, analysis of covariance, t test, one-way analysis of variance (Scheffé test for
post hoc analysis), and linear regression with the IBM SPSS 20.0 program. Body esteem among the male
students was higher than that among the female students, whereas sexual assertiveness among the female
students was higher than that among the male students. Body esteem differed according to body image
perception in the male students and according to body image perception as well as the number of romantic
relationships in the female students. Sexual assertiveness differed according to grade level and body image
perception in the male students only. In all the study participants, the higher the body esteem, the higher the
sexual assertiveness. These results indicate that (1) interventions that increase the body esteem of female
students should be provided and (2) interventions that increase sexual assertiveness should factor in body
esteem. Additionally, developmental interventions for body esteem and sexual assertiveness should consider
body image perception.

Author Biographies

Hyun Ju Chae

Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Jungbu University, South Korea

Kwang Ok Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Sangmyung University, South Korea

Published

2021-08-27

How to Cite

Hyun Ju Chae, & Kwang Ok Lee. (2021). Differences in Body Esteem and Sexual Assertiveness between Male and Female College Students. Medico Legal Update, 21(4), 199-206. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i4.3131