Title

The Effects of Sexual Orientation on Blame Attribution in Cases of Rape

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Psychology Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This study looked at the effects of sexuality on the attribution of blame in rape, and hypothesized that there would be more blame placed on the victim in homosexual, compared to heterosexual rape. Participants were 50 WOU students, including 25 men and 25 women, age ranging from 18 to 25 (M: 21, SD: 1). For this between-subject experiment, participants were randomly assigned to read a rape scenario that varied the sexuality of victim and perpetrator (both homosexual or heterosexual). They then rated victim/perpetrator blame on a 5 point scale (1 no blame to 5 complete blame). Results supported the hypothesis.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

The Effects of Sexual Orientation on Blame Attribution in Cases of Rape

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

This study looked at the effects of sexuality on the attribution of blame in rape, and hypothesized that there would be more blame placed on the victim in homosexual, compared to heterosexual rape. Participants were 50 WOU students, including 25 men and 25 women, age ranging from 18 to 25 (M: 21, SD: 1). For this between-subject experiment, participants were randomly assigned to read a rape scenario that varied the sexuality of victim and perpetrator (both homosexual or heterosexual). They then rated victim/perpetrator blame on a 5 point scale (1 no blame to 5 complete blame). Results supported the hypothesis.