Tyson, E. (2006, March). Rap-music Attitude and Perception Scale: A Validation Study. Research on Social Work Practice, 16(2), 211-223. Retrieved July 8, 2009, doi:10.1177/1049731505281447

Objective: This study tests the validity of the Rap-music Attitude and Perception (RAP) Scale, a 1-page, 24-item measure of a person’s thoughts and feelings surrounding the effects and content of rap music. The RAP was designed as a rapid assessment instrument for youth programs and practitioners using rap music and hip hop culture in their work with young people, their families, and their communities. Method: The factor structure validity, criterion-related validity, and internal consistency reliability of the RAP was assessed using a convenience sample of 605 young (M=20.22 years, SD=2.8) college students. Results: Multiple groups method and structural equation modeling analyses confirmed the three-factor model (empowerment, violent-misogynistic, and artistic-esthetic) of the RAP. Reliability and criterion-related validity results were also good. Conclusions: The RAP has sound psychometric properties, and its utility as a research and assessment tool for scholars and practitioners is promising. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract)