The Role of Psychopathy and Exposure to Violence in Rape Myth Acceptance

Agata Debowska, Daniel Boduszek, Katie Dhingra, Susanna Kola, Aleksandra Meller-Prunska

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The main aim of the present study was to specify and test a structural model to examine the relationships between four psychopathy dimensions (Interpersonal Manipulation, Callous Affect, Erratic Lifestyle, and Antisocial Behavior), childhood exposure to violence, and rape myth acceptance while controlling for gender, age, sample type (prisoner vs. non-prisoner), and relationship status. Participants were a sample of non-offending adults (n = 319) recruited from the University of Security in Poznan, and a sample of prisoners (n = 129) incarcerated in Stargard Szczecinski Prison. Results indicated that the model provided a good fit for the data, and that Callous Affect and childhood exposure to violence had a significant positive effect on attitudes toward rape and rape victims. Theoretical and practical implications of our findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2751-2770
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2015


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