Influence of Victim and Perpetrators’ Alcohol Use on Social Work Student’s Levels of Rape Myth Acceptance

  • Adrienne Baldwin-White Arizona State University School of Social Work
  • Nada Elias-Lambert Texas Christian University
Keywords: Rape myth acceptance, rape supportive beliefs, social work students, sexual assault, alcohol consumption


Rape myths are stereotyped, false cultural values that serve to justify sexual assault against women. This study examined the perceptions of alcohol use on levels of rape myth acceptance among social work students. One hundred and ninety-five bachelor's and master's students were randomly assigned to read a vignette developed by researchers depicting a date rape with the victim, perpetrator, both, or neither consuming alcohol. Results of a descriptive analysis showed that students are willing to accept certain rape-supportive beliefs, but not others. Participant responses to rape myths differed based on the particular vignette the respondent was assigned to read. Further research is needed to examine the particular myths social work students endorse and the situational factors that influence those endorsements. Social work students must be educated about how endorsements of rape myths can affect their interaction with survivors and perpetrators.

Author Biography

Adrienne Baldwin-White, Arizona State University School of Social Work

Doctoral Candidate

School of Social Work