A mixed-method process evaluation of an intervention to improve social reactions to disclosures of sexual assault and partner abuse
Because of the high rates and deleterious consequences of sexual assault (SA) and partner abuse (PA) on college campuses, there is a proliferation of programming to both prevent and respond to these issues. Most research to date, however, presents outcome evaluation data on these programs and neglects to present process evaluation data which are critical for program refinement and dissemination. The purpose of this study was to present process evaluation data (i.e., acceptability and feasibility) specific to a program that endeavored to increase positive and decrease negative social reactions from disclosure recipients to individuals disclosing SA and PA. Participants were 303 students who completed the program and participated in postintervention surveys and a subset of students (n = 18) who completed exit interviews. Results documented that the program was both feasible and acceptable, as evidenced by high satisfaction ratings. Important suggestions were also provided for how to improve the program, such as reducing repetition and making scenarios more realistic. Finally, participants who reported higher program engagement and more program usage generally reported more intentions to provide positive social reactions, less intentions to provide negative social reactions, and less actual negative social reactions. This information is useful not only for adapting the current program discussed herein but also for program developers and preventionists wishing to create similar programming to effectively prevent and improve response to SA and PA.
Waterman, E. A., Edwards, K. M., Baker, M. J., Ullman, S. E., Dardis, C. M., & Rodriguez, L. M. (2020). A mixed-method process evaluation of an intervention to improve social reactions to disclosures of sexual assault and partner abuse. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260520918585. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260520918585
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