Getting inside the house: The effectiveness of a rape prevention program for college fraternity men

To investigate the effectiveness of a socialization-focused rape prevention program designed specifically for college fraternity men, 90 Greek male participants (mean age 19.6; 95.6% Caucasian) were randomly assigned to 1 to 3 groups: 2 treatment groups and 1 control group. Results suggest that a socialization approach to rape education was as effective as a more traditional prevention program with regard to attitudes and knowledge. Participants in the rape prevention programs, for example, held fewer rape myths and had a clearer understanding of consent than the control group. Although attitudes rebounded to previous levels at the 6-week follow-up, a relationship between gender-role conflict and rape myth acceptance was discovered.
Author: 
Davis,Tracy L.
Liddell,Debora L.
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
35
End Page: 
48
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of College Student Development
Volume: 
43
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
Studies have shown that the prevalence of acquaintance rape and date rape is much higher than that of stranger rape. While studies on perpetrators of stranger rape have suggested psychopathology as the cause of their actions, according to sociocultural theory, perpetrators of acquaintance rape and date rape may be motivated by gender role ideology. The authors of this study investigated whether sex role socialization modifies males' attitudes and beliefs condoning rape. A total of 90 fraternity men (between the ages of 18-23 years old), attending a large college in the Midwest, were asked to participate in this study. The participants were divided into three groups: (a) a control group, (b) a group that attended a traditional date rape prevention program, and (c) a group that attended a program aimed at identifying and addressing the gender role ideals of the participants. Each group attended one 90-minute session and was given a pretest, posttest, and a follow-up posttest. Results indicate that both of the treatment groups exhibited lower acceptance of rape myths and an increased understanding of coercion and consent; with the group that attended the traditional date rape prevention program retaining the most information about consent/coercion after six weeks. Gender role conflict was significantly associated with rape myth acceptance. Future research might investigate whether more long-term rape prevention program regimens would prove to have longer lasting effects on gender role ideals and attitudes contributing to acquaintance rape and date rape perpetration.
Topic Areas: 
Athletes/Fraternities, Myths/Stereotypes, Prevention
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
1917
Publication Date: 
2002/January-February