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RAPE SUPPORTIVE ATTITUDE SCALE: FIRST EVIDENCE ON ITS RELIABILITY AND VALIDITY IN THE SALVADORIAN SAMPLES

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Author(s): Juan Carlos Sierra | CARLOS J. DELGADO-DOMÍNGUEZ | JOSÉ RICARDO GUTIÉRREZ-QUINTANILLA

Journal: Universitas Psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 539;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: psychological research | college students – Salvador | violence against women

ABSTRACT
The tolerant attitudes towards sexual violence on women are important risk factor which should be considered whileexplaining this type of aggressive behaviour. One of the instruments to evaluate these attitudes is Rape SupportiveAttitude Scale (RSAS) by Lottes. The scale has showed good indexes of reliability and validity in both American andSpanish university students. The purpose of the study is to explore the psychometric characteristics in El Salvador asit has been applied together with the Double Standard Scale by Caron, Davis, Haltelman and Stickle (1993) and Crowneand Marlowe (1960) Social Desirability Scale in two samples which consisted of 505 and 1499 students, respectively.The results indicate that the one-dimensional structure of the scale stays stable in the two samples reaching thecoefficients of internal consistence higher than .80, although it includes two items which requires to be reviewed infuture studies. Concerning the validity, the RSAS differentiates men and women in these types of attitudes and showssignificant positive correlation with double sexual standard.
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