College Students' Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence and Rape Myth Acceptance
Thornton, Rebecca Mercado
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Rape myth acceptance scales; Intimate partner violence; Date rape; Rape -- Public opinion; College students -- Attitudes;
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious social dilemma with detrimental consequences. Rape myths are inaccurate beliefs that neutralize and elicit sexually aggressive behavior (Burt, 1980). Educational programs are needed in order to reduce and prevent IPV and rape myth acceptance on college campuses. The current study sought to find whether men and women's perceptions of IPV differ. It also examined whether race is a factor in one's perception of IPV and rape myths acceptance. McNair Program project. Faculty advisor: Lesley Withers.