The six-item Relationship Media Literacy Scale (RMLS) was created to understand the perception of how the media portrays relationships and sexual assault.
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).
The higher the score, the more TV, movies, music, and the Internet impact the perception of relationships and sexual assault.
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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