Ambivalent Sexism, Belief in a Just World, and Empathy as Predictors of Turkish Students’ Attitudes Toward Rape Victims

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The present study investigated whether hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, belief in a just world and empathy predict attitudes toward rape victims in a Turkish sample. Turkish college students (N = 425, mean age = 22) completed scales assessing Ambivalent Sexism, Belief in a Just World and Rape Victim Empathy as predictors of a general measure of attitudes toward rape victims. Male (as compared to female) participants had significantly less positive attitudes toward rape victims. Correlational analyses showed that, for both male and female participants, benevolent as well as hostile sexism, and belief in a just world each predicted less positive attitudes toward rape victims, but empathy predicted more positive attitudes.

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We thank Dr. Irene H. Frieze, Editor of Sex Roles, for her many suggestions concerning the organization of the paper.

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This work is a part of Zeynep Sıla Yalçın’s thesis.

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Sakallı-Uğurlu, N., Yalçın, Z.S. & Glick, P. Ambivalent Sexism, Belief in a Just World, and Empathy as Predictors of Turkish Students’ Attitudes Toward Rape Victims. Sex Roles 57, 889–895 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-007-9313-2

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Keywords

  • Rape victims
  • Ambivalent sexism
  • Belief in a just world
  • Empathy