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Citation

Fuertes Martín A, Orgaz Baz MB, Vicario-Molina I, Martínez Alvarez JL, Fernández Fuertes A, Carcedo González RJ. Span. J. Psychol. 2012; 15(2): 560-570.

Affiliation

Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain. afuertes@usal.es

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Complutense University of Madrid, Publisher Cambridge University Press)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

22774430

Abstract

This study's focus is to evaluate a sexual coercion prevention program in adolescents. Using a before-and-after design with both a treatment group (n = 93) and a control group (n = 76), an intervention of seven sessions was completed. Said sessions included such content as conceptualizing sexual freedom, sexual coercion and voluntary consent, analyzing different sexual coercion tactics and the contexts in which they occur, empathy toward the victim, and developing abilities to avoid risky situations. Other risk factors for coercive behavior and sexual victimization are explored as well, such as alcohol use, sexist attitudes and inadequate communication, among others. The intervention's results include a decrease in stereotypical beliefs about the opposite sex and increased empathy toward victims of sexual coercion. These changes were maintained with the passage of time. Also, in the treatment group, a more acute decline was observed in the proportion of young people engaging in sexually coercive behaviors, This article emphasizes the importance, necessity and efficacy of such interventions, and discusses and analyzes possible improvements to the program for its future implementation.


Language: en

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