An Exploratory Study of Rape Myth Acceptance Among College Students in China
Methods: This study used data from a survey from 1,100 of undergraduate male and female college students at 7 universities throughout China in the spring of 2013. Participants were students enrolled in psychology courses and from a variety of disciplines across campus. A questionnaire was used to address the research question, including measures 1) Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (Payne, Lonsway & Fitzgerald, 1999); 2) Acceptance of interpersonal violence (Burt, 1980); 3) Sex role stereotyping (Burt, 1980); 4) Adversarial Sexual Belief Scale (Burt, 1980). Data analyses included descriptive analyses and multivariate analysis.
Results: As hypothesized, regression analyses showed that college students’ acceptance of rape myths was positively correlated with sexual role stereotyping, acceptance of interpersonal violence and adversarial sexual beliefs, which was consistent with previous study findings in the U.S.
Implications: This exploratory study has significant implications for future studies and intervention of rape on the college campus, and helps educators provide better courses or workshops concerning increasing rape awareness on campus in China. Young generations’ attitudes toward rape myths will affect the future of the whole country and the next generation; thus it is important to understand their attitudes toward rape myths of the under-examined generations of China.