An evaluation of a mixed-gender date rape prevention workshop

A randomized, posttest-only experimental design was used to compare the date-rape attitudes of university students who were exposed to a mixed-gender date-rape workshop (n = 163) with those of students who were not exposed (n = 168). A previously validated instrument, the 25-item Date Rape Attitudes Survey (DRAS), was used as the criterion measure. Three hypotheses were tested, with the following results: (1) Men reported attitudes that were more tolerant of date rape than those reported by women (ie, the men were more likely to condone date rape); (2) students in the control group reported attitudes that were more tolerant of date rape than those reported by students in the treatment group; and (3) men exhibited a greater effect from the program than did women. Finally, the authors discuss implications of the study and offer recommendations for future research evaluating date-rape prevention programs.
Author: 
Holcomb,Derek R.
Sarvela,Paul D.
Sondag,K.Ann
Holcomb,Linda C.
Reprint Status: 
IN FILE
Start Page: 
159
End Page: 
164
Journal/Periodical Name: 
Journal of American College Health
Volume: 
41
Abstract: 
The authors used a randomized, posttest-only experimental design (the 25-item Date Rape Attitudes Survey) to compare the date-rape (DRP) attitudes of 163 university students exposed to a mixed-gender DRP workshop with the DRP attitudes of 168 students who were not exposed. Three hypotheses were tested with the following results: (1) men reported attitudes that were more tolerant of DRP than those of women (i.e., the men were more likely to condone DRP); (2) subjects in the control group reported attitudes that were more tolerant of DRP than those reported by subjects in the treatment group; and (3) men exhibited a greater effect from the program than did the women.
Topic Areas: 
College; evaluation; prevention
Reference Type: 
JOUR
Reference ID: 
1273
Publication Date: 
1993/01/January