Rape prevention with college men: evaluating risk status

J Interpers Violence. 2009 Jun;24(6):996-1013. doi: 10.1177/0886260508319366. Epub 2008 Jun 30.


This study evaluates the effectiveness of a theoretically based rape prevention intervention with college men who were at high or low risk to perpetrate sexually coercive behavior. Participants (N = 146) are randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. Outcomes include rape myth acceptance, victim empathy, attraction to sexual aggression, sex-related alcohol expectancies, and behavioral indicators, measured across three time points. Positive effects are found for rape myth acceptance, victim empathy, attraction to sexual aggression, and behavioral intentions to rape. Only rape myth acceptance and victim empathy effects sustain at the 5-week follow-up. High-risk men are generally unaffected by the intervention although low-risk men produced larger effects than the entire sample. Results suggest rape prevention studies must assess risk status moderation effects to maximize prevention for high-risk men. More research is needed to develop effective rape prevention with men who are at high risk to rape.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Rape / prevention & control*
  • Rape / psychology
  • Sex Education / methods*
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology
  • Social Perception
  • Students / psychology*
  • Young Adult