Attitude and Myths Towards Rape among Medical Students in Rajkot, India

Chudasama, RK and Kadri, AM and Zalavadiya, D and Joshi, N and Bhola, C and Verma, M (2013) Attitude and Myths Towards Rape among Medical Students in Rajkot, India. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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Background: Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic. Violence against women harms families and communities across generations and reinforces other violence prevalent in society. Rape myths encompass a set of (false) beliefs about rape that places the blame on the victim and not the perpetrator. Objective: to assess the prevailing attitudes on rape myths among the medical students. Methods: The study was conducted after taking informed consent among 346 undergraduate medical students of P D U Government Medical College, Rajkot, India from January to June, 2013 by using previously validated questionnaire using updated Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance Scale. Results: The age range of 346 medical students was 17 to 23 years with 172 male and 174 female students. Total 24.4% male and 23% female students had very good positive attitude. One fourth of male and one fifth of female students had a more negative attitude. No relation was observed for rape myth acceptance among medical students for residential or socio-economic status. Conclusion: The present study provides insight to the prevalence of attitude and rape myths towards rape among medical students. Introduction of education on gender violence with introduction of courses on ‘sexual violence’ in medical curriculum may help to decrease rape incidence and for better management of victims.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Rape; Myth; Attitude; Gender; Residence; Medical students
Subjects:JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:9691
Deposited By: Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:24 Aug 2014 20:51
Last Modified:20 Apr 2015 11:45

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