Sexual preference, gender, and blame attributions in adolescent sexual assault

Davies, M, Austin, Kerry and Rogers, Paul (2011) Sexual preference, gender, and blame attributions in adolescent sexual assault. Journal of Social Psychology, 151 (5). pp. 592-607. ISSN 0022-4545 (Print)

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The study investigated the impact of victim sexual orientation, perpetrator gender, and participant gender on judgements toward a 15-year-old male victim of a depicted sexual assault. One hundred and eight-eight participants (97 male, 91 female) read a hypothetical scenario depicting the sexual assault of a 15-year-old male victim where the victim's sexual orientation and the perpetrator's gender were varied between subjects. Participants then completed a questionnaire assessing their attributions toward both the victim and the perpetrator. Results revealed that male participants blamed the victim more than female participants when the victim was both gay and attacked by a male perpetrator. All participants, regardless of gender, made more positive judgements toward the female as opposed to male perpetrator. Results are discussed in relation to gender role stereotypes and homophobia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The accepted version of this article was published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Social Psychology, Vol.151,5, 2011. The Journal of Social Psychology can be found online here
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender, homosexuality, sexual assault, sexual preference
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr M Lowe
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 14:44
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 14:44
Identification Number: 10.1080/00224545.2010.522617

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