Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Christopher S. Dula

Committee Members

Peggy J. Cantrell, Wallace E. Dixon Jr.


This study focused on the relationship of five variables: rape myth acceptance, attitudes toward rape victims, sex roles, authoritarianism, and Christian fundamentalism. Also, differences between men and women were compared. The study was conducted at East Tennessee State University, and 100 people participated. Contrary to past research, Christian fundamentalism was not a significant predictor of rape myth acceptance or attitudes towards rape victims, but there were significant relationships between all of the other variables. Men were found to be more accepting of rape myths and had a more negative view of rape victims than did women. Implications of these findings, future research ideas, and possible rape-awareness educational programs are discussed.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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