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Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Gary Gute

Keywords

Rape--Prevention; Rape--Public opinion;

Abstract

Few studies have measured the effectiveness of sexual assault programming is in decreasing acceptance of rape myths. This study examined two research questions. First, would students in a class that included a sexual assault education component be more likely to demonstrate a change in degree of rape myth acceptance than students who were not in a class that included sexual assault education? Second, within the treatment group, would males demonstrate a larger change in rape myth acceptance than females? At the end of the course, the treatment group showed a significant decrease in rape myth acceptance; there was not a significant difference in rape myth acceptance by gender. The findings suggest that college students‟ support of rape myths can be significantly decreased through brief, inexpensive sexual assault education and prevention programming. Implications and future research regarding rape myth acceptance are discussed.

Date of Award

2011

Department

School of Applied Human Sciences

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original

2011

Object Description

26 p. : ill.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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