ERIC Number: ED370033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
An Evaluation of a Rape Prevention Program.
Frazier, Patricia; And Others
This study assessed the effectiveness of an interactive, co-educational date rape prevention program. Participants for the study (n=192, 97% Caucasian) consisted of sorority and fraternity members of a larger midwestern university. Eighty-four individuals were assigned to a control group with the rest making up the intervention group. All subjects answered questions on sexual attitudes, sexual stereotypes, and other issues one week prior to the intervention program, immediately after the program, and again, one month later. The intervention group watched an interactive, improvisational theater performance in which actors portrayed a date rape. Audience members were then encouraged by a male/female team of counselors to offer feedback as to how the rape could have been avoided. The actors then replayed the scene, incorporating audience suggestions, and the rape did not occur. When both groups' pretest and immediate post-test scores were compared, those who watched the program, i.e., the intervention group, were less likely to endorse the kinds of rape myths and stereotypic beliefs thought to be associated with date rape. However, between-group differences were no longer evident in the one month follow up, suggesting that the program did not create lasting change. (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).