It’s her fault: Student acceptance of rape myths on two college campuses.

Key Point: This study examined the prevalence of rape myth acceptance among two Midwestern colleges.

Summary: 263 undergraduate students participated in the study.  The data was collected from students who attended either a University or a Community College in the same Midwestern town. The study found that male participants had a higher rate of rape myth acceptance and that participants who reported drinking 1-3 times a week also had a higher rate of rape myth acceptance.  The researchers also found that there was no statistical difference in the rate of rape myth acceptance between participants from the University who had participated in rape prevention programming and students who had not participated in any rape prevention programming at the same college.  The researchers suggested that future studies on college sexual assault prevention programming should focus on societal issues regarding rape myth acceptance versus individual attitudes.

Application/Evaluation: This study might be useful to those who work with college student populations.  The study used the Rape Myth Acceptance scale with subgroups defined by gender, race, and alcohol use. The data were analyzed using regression analysis.

Limitations: The study participants were not ethnically diverse as 83 percent were white, which is not representative of the larger US college population.



ayes, R. M., Abbott, R. L., & Cook, S.
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Violence Against Women
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