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NCJ Number: 221245 Find in a Library
Title: Peer Sexual Harassment: Finding Voice, Changing Culture--An Intervention Strategy for Adolescent Females
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:January 2008  Pages:100-124
Author(s): Jennifer L. Martin
Date Published: January 2008
Page Count: 25
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This exploratory intervention study examined the effectiveness of a single-sex women’s studies course in reducing sexual harassment in an at-risk high school.
Abstract: The Women’s Studies Questionnaire revealed that sexual harassment was a problem in the school. Although the majority of students involved in the intervention felt sexual harassment remained a problem in school, suspension and referral data revealed that reported incidents of sexual harassment within the school were reduced by one-third during the semester following the intervention. Through this research, it was determined that this women’s studies course was effective for at-risk high school females in this alternative school setting. The students involved in the intervention began to stand up for and support one another when faced with sexual harassment. These changes in students’ internal perceptions of control resulted from the intervention because components of the curriculum fostered a classroom climate that gave the young women a sense of empowerment they had not before experienced. Current research suggests that sexual harassment remains a persistent problem in today’s schools. This exploratory study examined the effectiveness of an intervention program designed to combat the problem of sexual harassment in an alternative high school for at-risk students. The curricular intervention used was based on research on women’s studies curricula at the university level, as well as on sexual harassment research. The intervention focused on providing students with experiences that would heighten their perceptions of the degree to which they had control over their lives. Students took part in 4 days of assertiveness training and self-defense. Appendixes A-B and references
Main Term(s): Collective violence; Female victims; Sexual harassment
Index Term(s): Assertiveness training; Peer influences on behavior; Program evaluation; School influences on crime; Self defense
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