This study examined alcohol use and prior sexual relationship as factors of date rape. The participants were 364 undergraduate students at the University of Northern Iowa. They completed questionnaires and a date rape vignette which gave a description of a sexual act that occurred after a social function (alcohol use and prior relationship were the factors). Participants rated whether or not they viewed the situation as rape, and how strongly they felt about it. Results found that more women than men defined the situation as rape. Women also showed a higher percentage of indicating that action should be taken towards the perpetrator in the vignette. Increased prior sexual history also showed a decreased percentage of participants seeing the situation as rape. Results for alcohol use indicated attributing the most responsibility for the act towards the victim in the vignette, regardless of what condition the participants were randomly assigned.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©2000 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Russell, Emily; Johnson, Amy; Fisher, Jennifer; Noteboom, Patricia; and Rouse, Jennifer
"Attitudes Toward Date Rape: The Effect of Alcohol and Prior Relationship,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 22.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/22