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Media Literacy Scale (RMLS)

The six-item Relationship Media Literacy Scale (RMLS) was created to understand the perception of how the media portrays relationships and sexual assault.

Categories

Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents

Items:

1. The media normalizes SA
2. The media is a good way to learn about SA
3. The media shows the consequences of SA
4. I’m bothered by the media’s portrayal of girls and guys
5. I am bothered by the media’s portrayal of relationship abuse & SA
6. I get information about relationships from the media.

Response options range from 1 (disagree strongly) to 4 (agree strongly).

Scoring Procedures

The higher the score, the more TV, movies, music, and the Internet impact the perception of relationships and sexual assault.

Original Citation

Edwards, K. M., Banyard, V. L., Sessarego, S. N., Stanley, L. R., Mitchell, K. J., Eckstein, R. P., Rodenhizer, K. A. E., & Leyva, P. C. (2018). Measurement tools to assess relationship abuse and sexual assault prevention program effectiveness among youth. Psychology of Violence, 8(5), 537-545. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000151

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