Evaluating the mentors in violence prevention program: a process examination of how implementation can affect gender-based violence outcomes

Stefania Pagani, Simon C. Hunter*, Mark A. Elliott

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Abstract

Gender-based violence is a global public health issue and is one of the types of violence most experienced by women and girls. This study is the first to examine multiple implementation process (dosage, fidelity, and adaptation) effects on changes in anticipated outcomes of a school-based bystander program targeting gender-based violence, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP). Data were collected from two participant groups: mentees (students receiving MVP) and mentors (students delivering MVP), across nine participating high schools. The mentee sample comprised 698 students (49.6% males, 50.4% females, 0.7% “prefer not to say”, 0.7% missing), aged 11-14 years old (M = 11.86, SD = 0.64). The mentor sample comprised 118 students (17.80% males, 82.20% females), aged 15-18 years old (M = 16.42, SD = 0.60). Anticipated outcomes were changes in bystanders’ attitudes, social influences, control perceptions, intentions, willingness, and intervention behavior, measured using mentees’ self-reports at two time points approximately one year apart. Implementation processes were measured using mentors’ self-reports. Analyses revealed no effects for any of the implementation variables across changes in any of the outcomes measured. These results highlight important implications for the implementation of the MVP program going forward, given its widespread implementation in the United Kingdom. Possible ways that MVP may be enhanced in future are discussed. For example, furthering understanding into how gender-based violence and bystander intervention are addressed and framed during MVP lessons would give more insight into how the current implementation of the program can be improved to maximise its potential benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Early online date29 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • gender-based violence
  • bystander intervention
  • program evaluation
  • mentors in violence prevention
  • implementation effects
  • anticipated outcome changes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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