Development and Validation of the Korean Rape Myth Acceptance Scale

Euna Oh, Helen Neville

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The purpose of this investigation was to develop a culturally relevant rape myth acceptance scale for Koreans. Three studies on the Korean Rape Myth Acceptance Scale (KRMAS) with approximately 1,000 observations provide initial validity and reliability. Specifically, results from exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses support four subscales: myths about rape survivors, rape perpetrators, the impact of rape, and rape as spontaneous. The KRMAS was validated with student and community samples and a factorial invariance analysis provided evidence for the factor structure across men and women. The KRMAS total score was positively related to the Attitudes Toward Sex Role Scale-Korean and the Acceptance of Violence Scale, indicating that greater endorsement of rape myth acceptance was related to greater levels of attitudes toward traditional sex roles and violence against women. Implications of the findings and future research directions are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-331
Number of pages31
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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