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NCJ Number: 237052 Find in a Library
Title: Development and Validation of Videotaped Scenarios: A Method for Targeting Specific Participant Groups
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:April 2008  Pages:419-436
Author(s): Stephen A. Maisto; James D. Johnson; Lee A. Jackson, Jr.; Christopher D. Goings; Brett T. Hagman; Nora E. Noel
Date Published: April 2008
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01-AA13471
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article used four studies to describe the method of scenario validation to produce two videos assessing alcohol-related sexual aggression.
Abstract: Researchers using scenarios often neglect to validate perceived content and salience of embedded stimuli specifically with intended participants, even when such meaning is integral to the study. For example, sex and aggression stimuli are heavily influenced by culture, so participants may not perceive what researchers intended in sexual aggression scenarios. Using four studies, the authors describe the method of scenario validation to produce two videos assessing alcohol-related sexual aggression. Both videos are identical except for the presence in one video of antiforce cues that are extremely salient to the young heterosexual men. Focus groups and questionnaires validate these men’s perceptions that (a) the woman was sexually interested, (b) the sexual cues were salient, (c) the antiforce cues were salient (antiaggression video only), and (e) these antiforce cues inhibited acceptance of forced sex. Results show the value of carefully selecting and validating content when assessing socially volatile variables and provide a useful template for developing culturally valid scenarios. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Aggression; Alcohol-Related Offenses; Cultural influences; Offender attitudes; Research methods; Sexual assault; Simulation
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