Validation of the Greek Acceptance of Modern Myths about Sexual Aggression (AMMSA) Scale: Examining Its Relationships with Sexist and Conservative Political Beliefs

Authors

  • Alexandra Hantzi Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Lampridis Efthymios Democritus University of Thrace
  • Tsantila Katerina Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences
  • Gerd Bohner Universität Bielefeld

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4119/ijcv-3072

Abstract

The Acceptance of Modern Myths about Sexual Aggression scale measures contemporary beliefs about sexual aggression that tend to blame victims and exonerate perpetrators. A Greek version of the thirty-item AMMSA scale was administered to two diverse convenience samples, one in Greece and one in Cyprus. Convergent and discriminant construct validity were assessed via correlations with other constructs that were hypothesized to be strongly related to AMMSA (Illinois Rape Myth Acceptance; hostile sexism) or moderately related (benevolent sexism; social dominance orientation; right-wing authoritarianism). It was
found that the Greek AMMSA was unidimensional, highly internally consistent, normally distributed, and showed good construct validity. When sociodemographic data were analyzed, age, gender, and nationality turned out to be significant predictors of AMMSA, with a U-shaped trend for age, higher scores for men than women, and higher scores for Cypriots than Greeks. In sum, the Greek AMMSA scale provides a highly useful instrument for further research on sexual
aggression myths, their correlates, and effects on judgment and behavior.

Author Biographies

Alexandra Hantzi, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Associate Professor of Social Psychology

Department of Psychology

Panteion University

Athens, Greece

Lampridis Efthymios, Democritus University of Thrace

Assistant Professor

Tsantila Katerina, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

Ph.D. candidate

Gerd Bohner, Universität Bielefeld

Professor

Social Psychology

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Published

2016-04-04

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