ERIC Number: EJ992720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Violence against Women in Video Games: A Prequel or Sequel to Rape Myth Acceptance?
Beck, Victoria Simpson; Boys, Stephanie; Rose, Christopher; Beck, Eric
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, v27 n15 p3016-3031 Oct 2012
Current research suggests a link between negative attitudes toward women and violence against women, and it also suggests that media may condition such negative attitudes. When considering the tremendous and continued growth of video game sales, and the resulting proliferation of sexual objectification and violence against women in some video games, it is lamentable that there is a dearth of research exploring the effect of such imagery on attitudes toward women. This study is the first study to use actual video game playing and control for causal order, when exploring the effect of sexual exploitation and violence against women in video games on attitudes toward women. By employing a Solomon Four-Group experimental research design, this exploratory study found that a video game depicting sexual objectification of women and violence against women resulted in statistically significant increased rape myths acceptance (rape-supportive attitudes) for male study participants but not for female participants.
Descriptors: Violence, Females, Rape, Negative Attitudes, Research Design, Video Games, Correlation, Attribution Theory, Statistical Significance
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