The sexual assault incidence rate on college campuses has been a growing issue for administrators. Programs and interventions have been done in response to both institutional need and federal policy guidelines. The purpose of this quantitative study was to measure the effectiveness of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) training for Resident Assistants on their confidence and leadership skill level in sexual violence prevention as student leaders. This study also explored the changes in Resident Assistants’ perception of the importance of leadership in reducing gender violence, gender perceptions, and perceptions of sexual assaults on their college campus. The study utilized secondary data of 52 Resident Assistants who participated in a MVP training. The data were collected through pre- and post-evaluations of the students who attended a southern Californian university. Paired t-tests were conducted to examine the mean differences of Resident Assistants’ pre- and post-test survey responses. Independent t-tests were also completed to examine mean differences of Resident Assistants’ pre and post-test survey responses by sex. Findings suggest that after Resident Assistants participated in the MVP training, they had higher measures in confidence level in preventing gender violence, speaking to others about sexual violence, using leadership in promoting gender and sexual equity, and perceiving sexual violence on campus as a bigger problem. With Resident Assistants being first-responders for residents, they are a unique group of student leaders on a college campus that can receive extensive training to fulfill their responsibilities and roles as advocates in reducing the occurrences of sexual violence and create social change. Further implications can be illustrated in positive outcomes with bystander prevention training for student leaders on a college campus.
|Advisor:||Locks, Angela M.|
|Commitee:||Eriksen, Shelley, Ortiz, Anna M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Gender studies, Higher education|
|Keywords:||Bystander training, Gender violence, Higher education, Resident assistants, Sexual violence|
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