Religiosity, Authoritarianism, Social Dominance and Ambivalent Sexism as Predictors of Rape Myth Acceptance

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The study investigates a cluster of cognitive and personality constructs in relation to rape myth acceptance among a student population in the West of Scotland. Specifically it looks at the associations between strength of religious faith (the importance of religion in one’s life) and religious fundamentalism (certainty in ones’ religion as the singular provider of truth), authoritarianism (conservative, inflexible outlook), social dominance (tendency to prefer hierarchical structures linked to discriminatory attitudes), ambivalent sexism (comprising of hostile and benevolent sexism) and rape myth. The findings indicate that gender roles and expectations, social conservatism and religious feeling are all positively related to the acceptance of rape myth mythology. It is hoped that a deeper understanding of rape mythology will eventually promote a more facilitative culture for rape victims, reflected by an increase in progressive and comprehensive policies, higher report and convictions rates and enhanced post incident care.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventFWSA Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives - University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

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ConferenceFWSA Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLeeds
Period9/09/1511/09/15

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Manoussaki, K. (2015). Religiosity, Authoritarianism, Social Dominance and Ambivalent Sexism as Predictors of Rape Myth Acceptance. Paper presented at FWSA Biennial Conference 2015: Everyday Encounters with Violence: Critical Feminist Perspectives, Leeds, United Kingdom. http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/research/conferences/fwsa_2015/Kallia_Manoussaki.pdf