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Reactions to Rape Victims: Attributions of Attractiveness, Social Desirability and Responsibility

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dc.contributor.author Budzilek, Nora E.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-09T20:15:59Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-09T20:15:59Z
dc.date.issued 1976-04
dc.identifier.citation N.E. Budzilek, "Reactions to Rape Victims: Attributions of Attractiveness, Social Desirability and Responsibility", Thesis, School of Arts & Sciences, Univ. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 1976. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/4022
dc.description This thesis is being archived as a Digitized Shelf Copy for campus access to current students and staff only. We currently cannot provide this open access without the author's permission. If you are the author of this work and desire to provide it open access or wish access removed please contact the Wahlstrom Library to discuss permission. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study sought to compare reactions to rape victims with reactions to victims of crime (robbery). Drawing from past victimization research, i.e. just world, defensive attribution and empathy evoking hypotheses, the variables of crime-type and perceived role similarity to the victim and/or perpetrator were explored using dependent measures of attributed attractiveness, social desirability and responsibility. A story format was used with the outcomes, rape or robbery, and similar or neutral victim/perpetrator descriptions, varying by condition. The research materials were group administered to 120 male and female undergraduate psychology students at the University of Bridgeport, subjects filled out self-rated and victim rating scales, which formulated the objective measures, and were also given an opportunity to write comments, which furnished subjective data. Rape victims were rated as attractive, socially desirable and partially responsible as were robbery victims. No significant differences were found between groups or sex of subject in the objective data. The comments reflected three categories of reactions to rape and robbery victims: those indicating (1) faulty character; (2) faulty actions; and (3) empathy. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Rape en_US
dc.subject Social perception en_US
dc.subject Victim en_US
dc.title Reactions to Rape Victims: Attributions of Attractiveness, Social Desirability and Responsibility en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.institute.department School of Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US

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