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Blame attribution in a stranger rape case: Perpetrator characteristics and participant gender

Conference contribution
Authors Helen Alfredsson
Leif Strömwall
Sara Landström
Published in Society of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, conference 27-29 June, 2011, NYC.
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords rape victim blame, perpetrator characteristics
Subject categories Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


In rape blame research perpetrator characteristics is understudied. The relative independence of perpetrator blame and victim blame is also unclear. Using a community sample (N=161), we investigated participant gender, perpetrator age and previous conviction influencing blame attributions using a vignette methodology. Perpetrator age had no effect, but interactions were found between participant gender and perpetrator previous conviction: men attributed more victim blame and less perpetrator blame when the perpetrator had a previous conviction. For women the effect was reversed. Results indicate that increased perpetrator blame is associated to decreased victim blame. Moreover, perpetrator characteristics are relevant in blame attribution research.

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