Sex Roles

, Volume 46, Issue 7–8, pp 227–238 | Cite as

Asian and Non-Asian Attitudes Toward Rape, Sexual Harassment, and Sexuality

  • M. Alexis Kennedy
  • Boris B. Gorzalka


The purpose of this study was to explore potential differences between Asian and non-Asian university students in attitudes toward coercive and noncoercive sexual behavior. Four hundred women and men (205 Asian, 195 non-Asian) were assessed on attitudes towards rape, sexual harassment, and general sexual behavior. Length of residency in Canada for Asian respondents was examined to determine whether “Westernization” might attenuate differences. Analysis revealed that Asian students were significantly more conservative in attitudes toward sexual behavior. Asian students were also more tolerant of rape myths and more accepting of sexual harassment. Asian respondents demonstrated a decrease in tolerance for rape myths and sexual harassment as length of residency in Canada increased. Women were less conservative than men from the same background on almost all items.

racial and ethnic differences sexual attitudes rape myths sexual harassment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Alexis Kennedy
    • 1
  • Boris B. Gorzalka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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