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ERIC Number: ED176184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May-3
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
Belief in Rape Myths: The Role of Gender, Attitudes Toward Women and Knowledge of Rape.
Latta, R. Michael
Degree of belief in rape myths as determined by participant gender, attitudes about the role of women in contemporary society, and factual knowledge of rape was investigated in a sample of 118 male and 126 female college students. The results support the general assumption that a rape ideology exists which involves components of belief in rape myths, factual knowledge of rape, gender, and attitudes toward women as a group. Specifically, liberated people were found to disagree with rape myths more than unliberated people, females disagreed more than males, and knowledge of rape was negatively related to degree of belief in rape myths. Experimental studies of the effects of education about the facts of rape on beliefs and assumptions about rape is called for to validate these findings. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (51st, Chicago, Illinois, May 3-5, 1979)