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ERIC Number: EJ759206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0886-2605
Perceptions of Victims and Perpetrators in a Depicted Child Sexual Abuse Case: Gender and Age Factors
Rogers, Paul; Davies, Michelle
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v22 n5 p566-584 2007
This study investigated the roles of respondent, perpetrator, and victim gender on attributions toward a 10- or 15-year-old victim and an adult perpetrator in a hypothetical sexual abuse case. It was predicted (a) that female respondents would be more provictim and antiperpetrator than men, (b) that 10-year-old victims would be deemed more credible than 15-year-olds, and (c) that men would deem a 15-year-old male victim more culpable when child sexual abuse is perpetrated by a female abuser. Three hundred thirty-seven respondents read a 350-word sexual abuse depiction in which victim age, victim gender, and perpetrator gender were varied between respondents. Respondents then completed a 14-item attribution scale, relating to victim blame, perpetrator blame, assault severity, and victim credibility. A series of ANOVAs revealed support for all predictions. Results are discussed in relation to gender role attitudes. Suggestions for future work are also considered. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)