Construct validity and test-retest reliability of a date rape decision-latency measure

  • Jeffrey A. Bernat
  • Stephanie Stolp
  • Karen S. Calhoun
  • Henry E. Adams


In two studies, the construct (convergent and discriminant) validity and test-retest reliability of a date rape decision-latency measure was examined. In Study 1, 174 college men completed measures related to sexual aggression and listened to an audiotaped simulation of a date rape, during which cues of nonconsent and force gradually escalated over time. Participants were instructed to respond, by pressing a button which recorded the latency of their decisions in seconds, if and when they believed the man depicted in the scenario should stop his sexual advances. Results demonstrated positive associations between prolonged decision latencies and sexually aggressive behavior, calloused sexual beliefs, acceptance of interpersonal violence, and sexual promiscuity. In Study 2, initial results were cross-validated in a sample of 102 college men, and discriminant validity was established as decision latencies were unassociated with measures of social desirability, alcohol consumption and drug use. Test-retest reliability assessed over a 2-week interval was .87.

Key words

sexual aggression date rape construct validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey A. Bernat
    • 1
  • Stephanie Stolp
    • 1
  • Karen S. Calhoun
    • 1
  • Henry E. Adams
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthens

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