The Rape Attitudes and Beliefs Scale (RABS) is a 50-item measure of attitude towards rape among men, consisting of five key factors: justifications for sexual aggression based on women’s behavior, belief that women should hold more responsibility for sexual assault, peer pressure/need for sexual status and misreading women’s sexual intent, acceptance of the use of alcohol and coercive tactics to acquire sexual compliance, and dislike for the feminine and acceptance of traditional gender roles.
High Psychometric Score
Strongly Agree - 4
Agree - 3
Disagree - 2
Strongly Disagree - 1
Mean scores are calculated.
Burgess, G. H. (2007). Assessment of rape-supportive attitudes and beliefs in college men: Development, reliability, and validity of the rape attitudes and beliefs scale. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22(8), 973-993. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260507302993
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