Male university students' attitudes toward rape and rapists

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This qualitative study investigated male humanities university students' attitudes and beliefs about rape and rapists. Twenty male social work and psychology students participated in a semi-open interview in which they were asked about their perceptions of rape, rapists, and their own capacity for rape. The results indicated that these students perceived rapists as aggressive, mentally disturbed, impulsive individuals, yet saw rape as a planned act. The findings further indicated that, in contrast to their initially expressed abhorrence of forced sex and rape, 30% of the subjects later admitted that under specific circumstances they would be capable of forcing sexual relations or raping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-210
Number of pages12
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitudes
  • Male University Students
  • Rape
  • Rapists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


Dive into the research topics of 'Male university students' attitudes toward rape and rapists'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this