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The conception of rape: A multidimensional scaling approach.

ABSTRACT Examined male and female college students' cognitive organization of rape and other specific interpersonal behaviors (e.g., lovemaking, assault, seduction). In Study 1, 79 Ss were requested to rate these behaviors or actions on 15 semantic differential scales. In Studies 2 and 3, a total of 190 Ss were asked to judge these behaviors or actions as to their similarity to one another. Across the studies, an individual difference multidimensional scaling (INDSCAL) analysis revealed 2 dimensions. The 1st dimension differentiated stimulus words along a positive to negative evaluative continuum. The 2nd dimension assessed the intensity of the interpersonal behavior. Ss' gender, sex-role attitude, and attitudes toward rape had little impact on the cognitive organization of these concepts as defined by these measures. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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