Effects of gender and sexual orientation on perceptions towards victims of child sex abuse

Kidd, Garry, and Place, Chantelle (2014) Effects of gender and sexual orientation on perceptions towards victims of child sex abuse. Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, 2 (3). pp. 367-373.

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Abstract

This study investigated whether victim gender, perpetrator gender, and victim sexual orientation (homosexual or bisexual) influenced perceptions of responsibility, severity, and reporting behaviors in a hypothetical case of child sexual abuse. One hundred and twenty-two university students read one of eight vignettes and completed a questionnaire. The results showed no significant main effects for perpetrator gender or victim sexual orientation on perceptions of responsibility, severity, and reporting behaviors. Victim gender had a moderate effect on attributions of severity and victim sexual orientation had a moderate effect on the endorsement of rape myths. Implications for future research and for victims of child sexual abuse are discussed.

Item ID: 33707
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: child sexual abuse, sexual orientation, perceptions, rape myths
ISSN: 2321-2799
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2014 04:24
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 60%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies @ 10%
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