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ERIC Number: EJ937660
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8759
A Gender-Sensitive Peer Education Program for Sexual Assault Prevention in the Schools
Kernsmith, Poco D.; Hernandez-Jozefowicz, Debra M.
Children & Schools, v33 n3 p146-157 Jul 2011
This study evaluates a gender-sensitive peer education program emphasizing male responsibility for decreasing rape developed through a long-standing agency and school collaborative. Sessions were led by trained male and female high school leaders. Repeated surveying revealed that at posttest and three-month follow-up, the program decreased rape-tolerant attitudes among both male and female high school students. A social cognitive learning model--comprising connection to the school, similarity to peer educators, and evaluation of the presentation--predicted posttest and follow-up scores. Students who were strongly connected, similar to a peer, and interested in the presentation showed the greatest improvement. These findings indicate that increasing school belonging, including peer educators from a wide range of social circles, and adding more interesting program components may increase the effectiveness of future prevention programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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