Forcible Date Rape (FDR) Scale

Forcible Date Rape (FDR) Scale is a 6-item measure of attitudes regarding the acceptability of sexual assault perpetrated by a male on a date with a female in different scenarios.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults


A male and female college student go out on a date. Afterward, they go to his apartment and sit in front of the fireplace for a while and sip a glass of wine. He kisses her and, even though she resists his advances, uses his superior strength to force her to have sexual intercourse.
For each of the conditions below, indicate how acceptable you consider the male's behavior in the above example

1. If she had gotten him sexually excited.
2. If she let him touch her breasts.
3. If they had dated each other for a long time.
4. If she was going to have intercourse with him and then changed her mind.
5. If she led him on.
6. If he was so sexually excited he couldn't stop.

Response Options:
Definitely acceptable - 1
Mildly acceptable - 2
Not sure - 3
Mildly unacceptable - 4
Definitely unacceptable - 5

Scoring Procedures

The mean of the 6 items is calculated for the total score.

Original Citation

Fischer, G. J., & Chen, J. (1994). The attitudes toward Forcible Date Rape (FDR) Scale: Development of a measurement model. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 16(1), 33-51.

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