2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Male and Female Perceptions of Normative and Non-normative Sexual Encounters
Kristy L. Warmbold*, Jayne C. Fields, Morgan M. Fuemmeler, and Katherine A. Albers
Dr. David B. Conner, Faculty Mentor

Within the psychological literature and our current culture, definitions for sexual misconduct and rape are not universally agreed upon. There are many individuals who still believe in what are called Rape Myths, meaning "prejudicial, stereotypical, or false beliefs about rape, rape victims, and rapists" (Burt, 1980). In the present study we are investigating rape myth acceptance among male and female college students. Specifically, we are studying the relationship between background characteristics, attitudes regarding gender, and situational factors in regards to the Rape Myth Acceptance Scale, the BEM Sex Role Inventory, and the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory. We predict that gender of participant, aspects of a hypothetical sexual encounter, and views on gender stereotypes will be related to one's rape myth acceptance. Data collection is ongoing and specific results in relation to our topic of study will be presented at the time of the conference.

Keywords: Rape Myths, Gender, Sexual Behavior, Sexism, Victim/Perpetrator Blame

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 13-1
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15

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