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NCJ Number: 128422 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Victims' Style of Self-Presentation and Secondary Victimization by the Environment: An Experiment
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1991)  Pages:29-40
Author(s): F W Winkel; L Koppelaar
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This experiment tests the hypothesis that a numbed style of self-presentation by rape victims as compared to an emotional one, will result more strongly in secondary victimization by the environment.
Abstract: Participants were 80 female vocational education students varying in age from 16 to 21 years. The variables were the extent to which observers tend to show undesirable reactions to a victim reporting her experience to them, and the extent to which they, if confronted with a similar victim experience, would be willing to inform others in their environment. Results suggest that a victim characterized by an emotional self-presentation is more strongly perceived as a woman who exhibited caution and as a person who was not responsible for the situation. The data suggests that the public's acquaintance with and awareness of self-presentation biases should be raised. 3 tables and 52 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Psychological victimization effects; Victimology
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