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Differential gender effects of exposure to rap music on African American adolescents' acceptance of teen dating violence


The purpose of the present study was to assess the effects of exposure to nonviolent rap music on African American adolescents' perceptions of teen dating violence. African American male and female subjects were exposed to nonviolent rap videos (which contained images of women in sexually subordinate roles) or they saw no videos. They read a vignette that involved teen dating violence perpetrated by a male. The results indicated that there was a significant interaction between gender and video exposure. More specifically, acceptance of the use of violence did not vary as a function of exposure for male subjects. Conversely, female subjects who were exposed to the videos showed greater acceptance of the violence than females who were not exposed. Possible basis and implications for these findings are discussed.

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Johnson, J.D., Adams, M.S., Ashburn, L. et al. Differential gender effects of exposure to rap music on African American adolescents' acceptance of teen dating violence. Sex Roles 33, 597–605 (1995).

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