Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Margaret Alexis Kennedy
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
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The probability of victimization is affected by various factors, such as child abuse, a history of victimization, sexual assault, substance abuse, and risky behaviors. Previous research has attributed differences in victimization risk to differences in lifestyle. Overtly sexual cultures like Las Vegas, Nevada, could impact the adoption of risky behaviors (e.g., binge drinking, casual sex, and substance abuse) that could increase victimization risks. This study seeks to understand the impact of the city of Las Vegas on adopting high risk sexual attitudes and behaviors by examining the length of time an individual has spent in Las Vegas. This study used hierarchical multiple regression to predict changes in attitudes and behaviors above and beyond the control variables. The sample of this study consisted of 774 undergraduate students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Long-term exposure to Las Vegas did not affect victimization rates. This study found that demographic factors such as age, gender, and race were more strongly related to the adoption and normalization of attitudes and behaviors than the age an individual arrived in the city.
Attitudes; Behaviors; Las Vegas; Lifetime exposure theory; Victimization
Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Psychology | Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Tiemann, Marissa, "What Happens in Vegas: The Influence of Las Vegas on High-Risk Attitudes and Behaviors" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4479.
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