Title

Attitudes Toward Rape - A Comparison Between Asian and Caucasian College Students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-1-2005

Department

Child and Family Studies

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate differences in attitudes toward rape between Asian and Caucasian college students. The Attitudes Toward Rape scale was used to measure beliefs about rape in a convenience sample of 169 college students. Three items regarding stranger rape myths were added. Findings suggest that Asian students are more likely than Caucasian students to believe women should be held responsible for preventing rape and to view sex as the primary motivation for rape. Asians also have stronger beliefs than Caucasians do that victims cause the rape and that most rapists are strangers. This research suggests that outreach programs can play an important role in providing information, education, and prevention regarding rape and that males and Asian students should be target populations for such programs.

Publication Title

Violence Against Women

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

177

Last Page

196