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Sex Role Stereotypical Victim Blame Attributions Scale (BLAME)

Sex Role Stereotypical Victim Blame Attributions Scale (BLAME) is a 4-item measure to assess respondents' victim-blaming attributions about sexual interactions from 4 different vignettes. The scenarios given cover rape by a stranger, early date rape, late date rape and marital rape.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adults

Items:

1. How much control did "Jenny" have in this situation?
2. How much did "Jenny" enjoy this situation?
3. How obligated was "Jenny" to engage in sexual relations in this case?
4. How interested was "Jenny" in having sexual relations?

Response Options:
10-point Likert scale of intensity
Minimal - 1
Maximum - 10

Scoring Procedures

Item scores are reverse-scored then summed to create the total scale score. Higher scores reflect the endorsement of greater sex role stereotypical attributions.

Original Citation

Monson, C. M., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., & Binderup, T. (2000). Does “no” really mean “no” after you say “yes”: Attributions about date and marital rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15(11), 1156-1174. https://doi.org/10.1177/088626000015011003

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