Rape myth acceptance: Exploration of its structure and its measurement using the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale.

  title={Rape myth acceptance: Exploration of its structure and its measurement using the Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale.},
  author={Diana L. Payne and Kimberly A. Lonsway and Louise F. Fitzgerald},
  journal={Journal of Research in Personality},
Abstract A series of six studies were conducted to explore the structure underlying rape myths and to develop the 45-itemIllinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale(“IRMA”). In the first study, 604 participants (mean age 18.8 years, 53% women) rated their level of agreement with 95 pretested rape myth statements. Exploratory and confirmatory multivariate analyses revealed a structure consisting of both a general myth component and seven subcomponents. This structure was replicated in a second study… Expand

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