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Vietnamese American College Students’ Attitudes towards Sexual Assault, Rape Myth Beliefs, and Bystander Actions
by Nguyen, Phuong, M.A., California State University, Fullerton, 2019, 66; 22583433
Abstract (Summary)

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college in the United States. Nationwide, in the 2014-2015 academic year, the prevalence of female college students experiencing sexual assault was 10.3%, and 1.4% for male college students. However, more than 90% of campus sexual assault cases are not reported to the authorities. Asian American women are the least likely to report sexual assault and rape incidents compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. While there is a body of literature and research that focuses on sexual assault attitudes and rape misconceptions across different ethnicities, very few studies have addressed these issues within specific Asian American college student communities, including Vietnamese Americans. The current study examined how 159 Vietnamese American college students perceived sexual assault, rape survivors, rape myth acceptance, and bystander intervention. Results revealed that: (1) students who were lowly enculturated expressed greater victim support and were more rejecting of rape myths; (2) level of enculturation did not influence perceived bystander interventions; (3) male and female students did not differ from one another in attitudes toward rape survivors and rape myth acceptance; and (4) male students were less likely than female students to endorse intervening when encountering such incidents. The results from this study may help to shape and create culturally sensitive prevention programs for Vietnamese American students. Limitations and suggestions for future research were discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mori, Lisa
Commitee: Blackman, Melinda, Self, Eriko
School: California State University, Fullerton
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Asian American Studies, Social research
Keywords: College students, Enculturation, Rape myth, Sexual assault, United States, Vietnamese American
Publication Number: 22583433
ISBN: 9781085734974
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