Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Urban Services - Urban Education
Stephen W. Tonelson
Katharine C. Kersey
This study investigated the effects of educational programs on first-year college students' attitudes toward rape. Subjects included 132 male and female (60 and 72, respectively) first-year students in an urban university who were selected randomly for participation. Each participant was assigned randomly to one of four treatment conditions: lecture-style programs, videotape programs, role play programs, or control. Data were collected in three phases: one pretest and two posttests. Attitudes toward rape were measured using the General Attitudes Toward Rape scale. Data were analyzed using Multiple Analysis of Covariance (MANCOVA) and Analyses of Covariance (ANCOVA). Findings included no significant differences due to the educational programs for either treatment group or gender. However, pre-existing differences for gender were consistent with other studies on the subject of rape, and cumulative effect for attendance at additional educational programs was found. Implications call for expanded educational efforts to include programs tailored to the gender-specific needs of participants and that build on multiple exposures to the subject, preferably to begin in early childhood, and continued throughout the entire school curriculum.
Wolford, Mary J..
"The Effects of Educational Programs About Rape on the Attitudes of First Year Urban University Students"
(1993). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/w7mt-3309