DATE RAPE AMONG UNDERGRADUATES IN SOUTHWESTERN NIGERIA FEDERAL UNIVERSITIES

  • Modesta Ndidi Ofole University of Ibadan
Keywords: Emotional empathy, beliefs in rape myths, attitude, universities, Nigeria

Abstract

The increasing number of date rapes occurring on University campuses and the need to decrease
rape supportive attitudes point to the need for continued research on this field. Correlational
survey design was adopted to examine the extent to which attitude towards date rape is
associated with the respondents’ emotional empathy, beliefs in rape myths and gender. Simple
random sampling technique was adopted at three stages to draw one thousand two hundred and
sixteen undergraduates comprising 645 (53.2%) males and 571 (46.8%) females from three
Federal universities in South-western, Nigeria. Respondents’ ages ranged from 16-32 years with
mean of 18.21years. College Date Rape Attitudes Survey (α=0.71); Beliefs about Women Scale
(α=0.78) and Multi-Dimensional Emotional Empathy Scale (r=0.77) were adopted for data
source. The results of the Product Moment Correlation Coefficient tested at 0.05 level of
significance showed that while emotional empathy had inverse relationship with attitude towards
date rape, beliefs in rape myths had positive relationship. Attitude towards date rape also
differed on the basis of gender. It was concluded that psycho-demographic variables correlated
with attitude towards date rape. Rape prevention programmes should therefore be broadened to
incorporate strategies that could reverse erroneous rape myths as well as provide appropriate
therapies to enhance the emotional empathy of University students.

Published
2018-08-22