Title

An Investigation of the Relationship Between Childhood Maltreatment and Rape Myth Acceptance Scores

Presenter Information

Danna Waggoner

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Rape Myth, Aggression, Maltreatment

Abstract

The purpose of this proposed study is to investigate the relationship between childhood maltreatment and later scores on a rape myth acceptance inventory. These scores are often used as a predictor of sexual aggression and will be used as such for this research. The study aims to further understand any relationships between childhood maltreatment and an individual’s sexual aggression seen here as rape myth acceptance. Second, is there a relationship between gender and the childhood maltreatment on rape myth acceptance? The hypothesis states that increased occurrences of childhood maltreatment will correlate with increased scores on the rape myth acceptance inventory. The understanding of a correlation between these variables can lead to better understanding of individuals who may benefit from sexual aggression prevention programs. The results of this study can also provide more information about some of the side effects of child abuse and the long-term lasting effects. The instruments that will be used in this study are the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Inventory and the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. This is a proposed study. No research has been collected at this time.

Poster Number

52

Faculty Mentor(s)

Heidi Bogue

Department/Program

Psychology

Additional Mentoring Department

Psychology

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An Investigation of the Relationship Between Childhood Maltreatment and Rape Myth Acceptance Scores

SURC Ballroom B/C/D

The purpose of this proposed study is to investigate the relationship between childhood maltreatment and later scores on a rape myth acceptance inventory. These scores are often used as a predictor of sexual aggression and will be used as such for this research. The study aims to further understand any relationships between childhood maltreatment and an individual’s sexual aggression seen here as rape myth acceptance. Second, is there a relationship between gender and the childhood maltreatment on rape myth acceptance? The hypothesis states that increased occurrences of childhood maltreatment will correlate with increased scores on the rape myth acceptance inventory. The understanding of a correlation between these variables can lead to better understanding of individuals who may benefit from sexual aggression prevention programs. The results of this study can also provide more information about some of the side effects of child abuse and the long-term lasting effects. The instruments that will be used in this study are the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Inventory and the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. This is a proposed study. No research has been collected at this time.