Attitudes toward rape victims: Effects of gender and professional status

Bradley H. White, Sharon E. Robinson Kurpius

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This study examined the relationship of gender and professional status on attitudes toward rape victims. The Attitudes Toward Rape Victims Scale was completed by 74 upper-class undergraduates (20 males, 54 females), 78 beginning graduate students in counseling (18 males, 60 females), and 45 mental health professionals (22 males, 23 females). The 2 × 3 analysis of variance revealed both gender and professional status differences and a significant interaction. Male undergraduates had the most negative attitudes toward rape victims, and female professionals had the most favorable attitudes. All men still hold more negative attitudes toward rape victims than do their female counterparts, regardless of professional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-995
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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