ERIC Number: ED193548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-5
Reference Count: 0
Rape Stereotypes and Fear: A Control Paradox.
Heath, Linda; And Others
The relationship between women's perceptions of rape controllability and their fear, worry, concern, and perceived risk associated with rape is examined from in-person interviews with women (N=58) in Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Women's response to descriptions of the "typical rape" were used to divide them into those with high rape control perceptions, low rape control perceptions, and indeterminate rape control perceptions. Regression analyses showed that women with low rape control perceptions--those who believed rapes happen anywhere, any time to anyone--showed higher fear, worry, and risk levels than those with high rape control perceptions. There was no difference between the amount of concern about rape shown by the two control groups. Findings suggest that women can be alerted to the dangers of rape without having their fear level raised unnecessarily. Rape education efforts need not focus solely on totally uncontrollable rapes in order to reach audiences; they should address the entire spectrum of rape experiences. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979). Best copy available. Sponsored by the National Center for the Prevention and Control of Rape.