Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance

Bohner G, Weisbrod C, Raymond P, Barzvi A, Schwarz N (1993)
European Journal of Social Psychology 23(6): 561-579.

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In two experiments, conducted in Germany and the U.S.A., it was found that exposure to a rape report lowered self-esteem and positive affect in women who do not accept ''rape myths'' (stereotypical beliefs which blame the victim and exonerate the rapist; Burt, 1980). Men high in rape myth acceptance (RMA) showed an increase in positive affect and self-esteem as a function of exposure to rape; men low in RMA and women high in RMA were largely unaffected. Both experiments demonstrated that these effects were specific to rape, as opposed to violence in general. These results support the feminist hypothesis that the threat of rape serves the function to exert social control over women and to sustain men's dominance. Potential cognitive mechanisms mediating the observed effects are discussed.
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Bohner G, Weisbrod C, Raymond P, Barzvi A, Schwarz N. Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology. 1993;23(6):561-579.
Bohner, G., Weisbrod, C., Raymond, P., Barzvi, A., & Schwarz, N. (1993). Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 23(6), 561-579.
Bohner, G., Weisbrod, C., Raymond, P., Barzvi, A., and Schwarz, N. (1993). Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology 23, 561-579.
Bohner, G., et al., 1993. Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 23(6), p 561-579.
G. Bohner, et al., “Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance”, European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 23, 1993, pp. 561-579.
Bohner, G., Weisbrod, C., Raymond, P., Barzvi, A., Schwarz, N.: Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance. European Journal of Social Psychology. 23, 561-579 (1993).
Bohner, Gerd, Weisbrod, Christina, Raymond, Paula, Barzvi, Alexandra, and Schwarz, Norbert. “Salience of rape affects self-esteem: the moderating role of gender and rape myth acceptance”. European Journal of Social Psychology 23.6 (1993): 561-579.
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