Perceptions of child sexual abuse and their relationship to sex and gender-role attitudes

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dc.contributor.advisor Wiederman, Michael W. en_US Maynard, Carri F. en_US 2011-06-03T19:37:20Z 2011-06-03T19:37:20Z 1996 en_US 1996
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1996 .M36 en_US
dc.description.abstract In this study I examined how sex of the child and the adult and the age of the child influence people's perceptions regarding the abusiveness of adult-child sexual interactions and attributions of blame and responsibility in such incidents. The relationship of gender-role attitudes to perceptions of child sexual abuse was also investigated. Undergraduate students read one of eight vignettes depicting a sexual interaction between a child and an adult in which the sex of the child, the age of the adult, and the sex of the adult were experimentally manipulated. Respondents then answered questions regarding their perceptions of the abusiveness of the incident and attributions of responsibility and blame made to the adult. Results indicated that scenarios depicting a 15-year-old were rated as less abusive and less responsibility was attributed to the adult relative to vignettes involving a 7-year-old. Furthermore, when the vignette depicted a 15-year-old with an adult of the opposite sex, less blame was attributed to the adult.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent 68 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child sexual abuse. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sex role. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Age discrimination. en_US
dc.title Perceptions of child sexual abuse and their relationship to sex and gender-role attitudes en_US
dc.title.alternative Child sexual abuse en_US
dc.title.alternative At head of title: Child sexual abuse and gender-role attitudes en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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