Development and validation of the Beliefs about Revenge Pornography Questionnaire

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Craig A. Harper, Lorraine Smith, Jessie Leach, Neil Daruwala and Dean Fido 2022. Development and validation of the Beliefs about Revenge Pornography Questionnaire. SAGE Publications. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6qr7t
AuthorsCraig A. Harper, Lorraine Smith, Jessie Leach, Neil Daruwala and Dean Fido
Abstract

The non-consensual sharing of private sexual images (so-called ‘revenge pornography’) has become an increasingly prominent topic in social and legislative discussions about sexual crime but has received relatively little attention within psychological research. Here, we leveraged existing theorizing in the area of sexual offending proclivity to systematically develop and validate a measure of beliefs about this type of offending. There is currently a lack of validated assessment tools in this area, and these are important to better understand the role of offense-supportive cognition in predicting both proclivity of these offenses and judgements of both victims and perpetrators. Using an international community sample (N = 511) we found our ‘Beliefs about Revenge Pornography Questionnaire (BRPQ)’ to be comprised of four underpinning domains: ‘Victims as Promiscuous’, ‘Victim Harm’, ‘Avoiding Vulnerable Behaviors’ and ‘Offense Minimization’. Concurrent validity is demonstrated through relationships with trait empathy, belief in a just world, dark personality traits and rape myth acceptance. Randomly dividing the sample, we also show that the BRPQ was associated with both proclivity (n = 227) and social judgements of this type of offending (n = 232). Implications and future directions are discussed.

Keywordsimage-based sexual abuse; ; offense proclivity; ; revenge pornography; ; scale development; ; victim blaming
Year2022
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN10790632
1573-286X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6qr7t
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/6qr7t
Output statusPublished
Publication dates28 Nov 2020
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Deposited01 Jun 2023
JournalSexual Abuse
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