That is, narratives of all kinds provide the bases and backgrounds for behavioral proficiency, including its meanings and interpretations (Swidler, 1980).Behavior is “experienced” through media, such as movies or audio books.According to the “social cognitive theory of mass communication” (Bandura, 2001), behavioral and emotional knowledge, competences, and actions rely on both personal observation and experience, as well as on the effects of media, particularly mass media and symbolic forms (Lukesch, 2002).
On the other hand, ambivalence may increase the risk for sexual aggression or abuse, depending on the individual’s abilities, the circumstances, and the intentions of the interacting partners.
We provide insight into how interdisciplinary script knowledge may be helpful for the early detection and prevention of sexual abuse.
Finally, in the third part, we examine relatively stable psychobiological as well as historically and culturally differing constituents of seduction scripts.
During script execution, one’s actions and predictions of others’ reactions may be adapted and corrected in flight.
Although scripts offer a plentitude of individual behavioral options, these options are simultaneously limited by the complementary, concordant, or discordant objectives of other script participants.