The acceptance of modern myths about sexual aggression scale: development and validation in German and English

Heike Gerger, Hanna Kley, Gerd Bohner, Frank Siebler

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Abstract

Scales of rape myth acceptance (RMA) often yield low means and skewed distributions. This is proposed to be because of a change in rape-related beliefs toward more subtle content. Incorporating insights from racism and sexism research, a 30-item self-report scale measuring the acceptance of modern myths about sexual aggression (AMMSA) is presented. Across four studies (total N=1,279), the reliability and validity of parallel German and English versions of the AMMSA scale were examined. The results show that both language versions are highly reliable; compared with a traditional RMA scale, means of AMMSA scores are higher and their distributions more closely approximate normality. Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses provide evidence for the AMMSA scale's concurrent and predictive construct validity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-40
Number of pages19
JournalAggressive Behavior
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2007

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