Date of Award

3-1-1993

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Department of Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Robert L. Smothers, Ph.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the attitudes that first year African American males, attending a predominantly black university, had toward the rape myth. The Rape Myth Acceptance Scale was used to determine attitudes that first year college African American males had toward the rape myth. The subjects in this study consisted of a stratified random sample of 151 African American first year male college students enrolled in the largest black university center in the world. Frequency Analysis in numbers and percentages were employed to analyze the data. Results indicated that an overwhelming majority of the responses disagreed with the traditional rape myth beliefs. Findings also revealed that there was insufficient evidence to support the two study hypothesis.

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