This article is based on research conducted by the first author under the supervision of the second author in partial fulfillment of requirements for a Master of Science degree.
Attributions About Acquaintance Rape: The Role of Alcohol and Individual Differences1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 279–305, February 1997
How to Cite
Stormo, K. J., Lang, A. R. and Stritzke, W. G. K. (1997), Attributions About Acquaintance Rape: The Role of Alcohol and Individual Differences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27: 279–305. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb00633.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Reactions to an acquaintance rape scenario were examined for effects of respondent gender and portrayals of different levels of alcohol intoxication on attributions of responsibility and blame. Comparisons of conditions in which both victim and perpetrator were described as experiencing equivalent levels of intoxication revealed that participants rated the victim as more, but the perpetrator as less, responsible and blameworthy after consuming alcohol-particularly when drinking was accompanied by clear signs of behavioral impairment. In contrast, when the victim was more intoxicated and impaired than her assailant, intoxication of the perpetrator did not serve to excuse his behavior, but actually incriminated him more. Women generally assigned more blame to the victim. Individual differences in rape myth acceptance also influenced attributions.