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Perceptions of date and stranger rape: A difference in sex role expectations and rape-supportive beliefs

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The sex role expectations and rape-supportive beliefs which are differentially applied to date and stranger rape were assessed. A sample of 62 college females and 33 males read one of three rape scenarios which varied according to the victim-perpetrator relationship (steady dating partners/acquaintances on a first date/strangers). Then participants rated the extent to which several sex role expectations and rape-supportive attitudes were applicable to the assault. MANOVAS and univariate ANOVAS showed that females' and males' perceptions of date rape, more than stranger rape, incorporated sex role expectations and that rape-supportive beliefs, primarily of males, were stronger in relation to steady date than first date or stranger rape. These findings are discussed in the context of the sex role analysis of rape.

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Correspondence to Judith S. Bridges.

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This research was supported by the University of Connecticut Research Foundation Grant #1171-000-22-00215-35-760. The author thanks Laurin Hafner for his help with the data analysis.

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Bridges, J.S. Perceptions of date and stranger rape: A difference in sex role expectations and rape-supportive beliefs. Sex Roles 24, 291–307 (1991). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00288303

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  • Social Psychology
  • College Female
  • Role Expectation
  • Univariate ANOVAS
  • Date Rape