Rape attitudes amongst British medical students
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2002
Volume 33, Issue 1, pages 24–27, January 1999
How to Cite
Williams, Forster and Petrak (1999), Rape attitudes amongst British medical students. Medical Education, 33: 24–27. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2923.1999.00296.x
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2002
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2002
- editorial comments to authors
- Education, medical, undergraduate;
- focus groups;
- Great Britain;
- group structure;
- self-evaluation programmes
To examine the rape attitudes of a sample of 252 British medical students.
A 20-item questionnaire was used.
A London medical school.
Fourth-year medical students.
In general, students were well informed on legal and factual issues regarding rape and sexual assault. However, significant differences were found in the attitudes to rape between males and females. Female students were significantly more positive in their responses to victims.
These results support findings from previous studies of rape attitudes in other professional groups. Better knowledge and enlightened attitudes amongst health care staff can have a significant impact on the management of sexual assault and influence the likelihood of victims presenting for treatment. In conclusion, this study emphasizes the importance of teaching about sexual violence in British medical schools.