The Rape Propensity Scale is a 5-item measure of how willing a respondent would be to force sex on an opposite sex partner under a variety of conditions. This scale is a component of the larger Texas Rape Scale (TRS).
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
1. I would force a person of the opposite sex to have sex if he or she let me play with his or her genitals and then refused sex.
2. I would force a person of the opposite sex to have sex if he or she were drunk and unable to resist.
3. If a man spends a great deal of money on a woman who then says no to sex, rape is justified.
4. I would force a person of the opposite sex to have sex if he or she was obviously a loose person who had sex with many different people.
5. I would force a person of the opposite sex to have sex if there was a 0% probability of being caught.
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5
Item scores are summed to a possible range of 5-25. High scores represent a relatively high propensity to rape while a low score would indicate a relatively low propensity to rape.
Young, R. K., & Thiessen, D. (1992). The Texas Rape Scale. Ethology and Sociobiology, 13(1), 19-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/0162-3095(92)90004-N
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