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An experimental examination of alcohol consumption, alcohol expectancy, and self-blame on willingness to report a hypothetical rape.

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posted on 2018-04-25, 11:17 authored by Heather D. Flowe, John Maltby
This study experimentally examined the role of victim alcohol intoxication, and self-blame in perceiving and reporting rape to the police using a hypothetical interactive rape scenario. Participants (N = 79) were randomly assigned to consume alcohol (mean BAC = 0.07%) or tonic water before they engaged in the scenario. Alcohol expectancy was manipulated, and participant beliefs about the beverage they thought they had consumed and their feelings of intoxication were measured. Alcohol consumption and expectancy did not affect the likelihood that the nonconsensual intercourse depicted in the scenario was perceived and would be reported as rape. Participants with higher levels of self-blame were less likely to say they would report the hypothetical rape. Self-blame levels were higher for participants who believed they had consumed alcohol, and were associated with increased feelings of intoxication. The implications are discussed.

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This research was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council grant award (ES/J005169/1).

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Citation

Aggressive Behavior, 2018, 44 (3), pp. 225-234

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF LIFE SCIENCES/Biological Sciences/Old Departments Pre 01 Aug 2015/School of Psychology (Pre 01 August 2015)

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Aggressive Behavior

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Wiley, International Society for Research on Aggression

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0096-140X

eissn

1098-2337

Acceptance date

2017-11-02

Copyright date

2018

Available date

2018-04-25

Publisher version

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ab.21745

Language

en

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