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The construction of the frustrated mating needs scale and its implications for measuring Incels and involuntary celibates sexist ideologies

Lenz, Bettina (2021) The construction of the frustrated mating needs scale and its implications for measuring Incels and involuntary celibates sexist ideologies.

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Abstract:The Incel community consists of mostly men that are involuntary celibates and desire sexual and romantic intimacy. Incels blame women for their lack of sexual and romantic intimacy and hold other sexist and misogynist views. A new construct called frustrated mating needs was introduced that explains the maintaining of misogynist and sexist views of Incels. The purpose of the research was to develop a scale that measures frustrated mating needs. This scale was developed by doing a deductive and inductive thematic analysis from qualitative data of 26 involuntary celibates. From the data emerged themes and codes creating the basis of the items. The main themes were distressing aspects of involuntary celibacy, unpleasant emotions/feelings due to involuntary celibacy, mental health outcomes of involuntary celibacy, and attribution of reasons for involuntary celibacy. In total, 23 scale items were created to measure frustrated mating needs. The scale items create a possibility to measure the novel construct of frustrated mating needs in the future. However, first, the psychometric properties of the scale need to be evaluated.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87913
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