The Implicit Theories of Rape-Prone Men: An Information-Processing Investigation

Blake, Emily and Gannon, Theresa A. (2010) The Implicit Theories of Rape-Prone Men: An Information-Processing Investigation. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 54 (6). pp. 895-914. ISSN 0306-624X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0306624X09347732) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

It has been hypothesised that sexual offenders hold offence-supportive implicit theories (ITs) or schemata. This study aims to determine whether rape-prone men hold the same offence-supportive ITs as those that have been identified in rapists. This study adopts both an explicit and an implicit measure of ITs (a lexical decision task). In the lexical decision task, participants are primed with an incomplete sentence before being presented with a target word. The target word completes the sentence in either a rape-supportive or a non—rape-supportive manner. The authors predict that men higher on proclivity to rape—who presumably hold strong mental representations of rape-supportive themes—would be faster to respond to word completions that are rape supportive relative to men lower on rape proclivity. Using multiple regressions to determine the relative contributions of both explicit and implicit measures for predicting rape proclivity, the authors find that only the explicit self-report questionnaire was significantly related to a person’s rape proclivity score.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: rape, implicit theories, cognition, information processing
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre of Research & Education in Forensic Psychology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 12:25 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 16:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35103 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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