Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This original empirical experiment assessed effects of acquaintance versus stranger rape and gender on rape myth acceptance and attitudes toward rape in college students. Participants read hypothetical scenarios depicting acquaintance or stranger rape, and then completed modified versions of Burt's Rape Myth Acceptance Scale and Feild's Attitudes Toward Rape Scale. Based on previous research, we predicted that males would demonstrate more negative attitudes and would be more supportive of rape myth acceptance than females. In addition, given the relative lack of previous literature on this topic, we predicted that the two conditions for type of rape would be different, but we did not make specific directional hypotheses. Consistent with hypotheses, males were significantly more likely than females to support rape myths. However, no differences emerged for type of rape. Implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are discussed.
BF1 .M63 v. 14 no. 1 2008
Patscheck, Shellie and Shears, Sharon
"The effects of acquaintance versus stranger rape and gender on rape myth acceptance and attitudes toward rape in college students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 14
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol14/iss1/7