Sex Roles

, Volume 29, Issue 1–2, pp 37–57 | Cite as

Gender role and attitudes toward rape in male and female college students

  • Lynda A. Szymanski
  • Ann Sloan Devlin
  • Joan C. Chrisler
  • Stuart A. Vyse


This study examined the relationship between college students' gender roles and attitudes toward rape. Subjects were 145 male and 374 female college students with a mean age of 20.1 years. The institution has a 12.5% minority population. Subjects received a questionnaire packet containing the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI), an acquaintance or stranger rape scenario, a questionnaire designed to assess attitudes toward the scenario, the short version of the Attitudes Towards Women Scale (AWS), the Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (RMAS), and the Attitudes Toward Rape questionnaire (ATR). It was hypothesized that participants classified as masculine according to the BSRI would believe in more rape myths, hold more pro-rape attitudes, and believe in more traditional gender roles than would those who were classified as feminine, androgynous, or undifferentiated. A gender by gender role interaction on the AWS revealed that feminine and androgynous men were exceptions to the pattern that men had significantly less egalitarian views than women. Responses to the scenario questionnaire suggested that women and men view acquaintance rape differently, and that men may experience more attitude change as a result of a rape awareness workshop than women.


College Student Gender Role Attitude Change Short Version Minority Population 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynda A. Szymanski
    • 1
  • Ann Sloan Devlin
    • 1
  • Joan C. Chrisler
    • 1
  • Stuart A. Vyse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyConnecticut CollegeNew London

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