Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors
Rape -- Prevention -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- United States, Sex instruction -- United States, Rape -- Public opinion, Teenage boys -- Attitudes, Teenage boys -- Conduct of life, Sex crimes -- United States -- Prevention
Rape and sexual assault have become two of the most prevalent forms of violent crime in the United States. Among all cases of sexual assault and rape, college-aged females are by far the most victimized group. Interventions within the field have focused on college male’s adherence to rape myths with the belief that changing these attitudes may decrease the prevalence of sexually violent behavior. Because of this, college campuses have become the primary target of intervention with preventative sexual assault programs (PSAPs) as a common method of delivering this education. However, the delivery of these interventions has the potential to be more effective among adolescents who are developing biologically, psychologically, and sociologically. Capitalizing on these naturally occurring dimensions of adolescent development may lead to greater retention and eventual attitude change. This paper aims to analyze the critical components of PSAPs and argue for their integration into sex education as an intervention for the formation of rape myth in adolescent males.
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Munford, Alexandra M., "Rape Myth Acceptance among Adolescent Males – How to Integrate Components of Preventative Sexual Assault Programs into Sex Education" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 389.