Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Committee Member

Lisa Rapp-Paglicci

Number of Pages



Research has found that there is a relationship between men's acceptance of rape myths and violence against women (Malamuth, 1989). These stereotypical ideas about rape, rape victims, and rapists, perpetuate rape. Peer education may play a beneficial part in teaching students about rape, and is the primary focus of this study. The hypothesis of this study was that the rape myth prevention intervention would reduce the beliefs in myths about rape. The intervention, or informative lecture that was given to the experimental group was a derivative of material geared towards high school students. In summary, this research study succeeded to statistically indicate that the intervention had an affect on the beliefs of rape myths. Further, the research study indicated statistically that female participants held weaker rape-supportive attitudes before and after any intervention. Although the intervention deemed significance, further research is necessary to reevaluate whether peer education interventions are effective for reducing rape myths and subsequent rape.


Beliefs; Education; Effects; Myths; Peer; Rape

Controlled Subject

Social service; Women's studies; Social psychology; Criminology; Educational counseling

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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