This study is looking for women ages 18-24 who are in college. The purpose of this study is to get feedback about program designed for friends to help protect one another against sexual assault.
This study will take about 2 hours. There also will be a follow-up interview (done online) approximately 4 weeks later. This also will be 2 hours. The program is done in pairs with you and a female friend both participating. The study involves completing questionnaires and doing a session of the program. Study takes place online and/or at UB's North Campus.
This is a continuation of a study designed to develop an innovative, friend-based motivational intervention (FMI) that encourages and prepares friends to reduce SA risk. Delivered to pairs of friends (dyads), the FMI will be designed to foster collaborative efforts to increase readiness for, and decrease barriers to helping behavior, and to teach and plan together for assault prevention skills. As the role of alcohol has been under-addressed in SA prevention efforts, the FMI also will explicitly attend to how intoxication may serve as a barrier to friend intervention, and strategies for overcoming this barrier. We also will examine whether drinking influences intervention outcomes. The FMI will be developed in three stages (1. Development, 2. Implementation amp; Refinement, 3. Preliminary Testing). In the final stage of the project, the intervention will be tested in a randomized, controlled mini-trial (FMI vs. waitlist control). Friend dyads will be followed in bi-weekly online assessments for 3 months to examine changes in helping attitudes and behaviors. Feasibility, scalability, and iatrogenic effects also will be examined.
Adult women ages 18-24.
Enrolled in a 4 year college or university
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