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Female university students' perceptions of a sexual assault when victim and perpetrator gender are varied

Kerodal, Ashmini G. and Bartholomew, Terence P. 2007, Female university students' perceptions of a sexual assault when victim and perpetrator gender are varied, Caribbean journal of criminology and social psychology, vol. 12, no. 1&2, pp. 54-85.

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Title Female university students' perceptions of a sexual assault when victim and perpetrator gender are varied
Author(s) Kerodal, Ashmini G.
Bartholomew, Terence P.
Journal name Caribbean journal of criminology and social psychology
Volume number 12
Issue number 1&2
Start page 54
End page 85
Total pages 32
Publisher University of the West Indies, Centre for Criminology & Criminal Justice
Place of publication St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1025-5591
Summary This study examines the general impressions and blame attributions of Trinidadian university students in cases of sexual assault. Participants were 132 female students from the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Social Sciences. Each respondent read one of four sexual assault scenarios, in which victim and perpetrator gender were varied. Participants' impressions of the incident, opinions about each party's behaviour, blame attributions, attitudes about reporting the incident to the police, desired outcome, and their reasons for these were then assessed. Consistent with Burt's rape myth theory, the qualitative and quantitative results showed a tendency for participants to attribute an internal locus of control to female victims, and to blame them more than males. Although same sex events evoked significantly more emotional and disgust-related reactions, these reactions did not translate into different seriousness scores, or different ideas about whether the victim should report the incident to the police. Although respondents showed an ability to separate their initial reactions from their attitudes about the legal status of the event, many of the response patterns indicated gender role biases on the part of these future professionals.
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, The University of the West Indies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026492

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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