Evaluation of a peer-facilitated, gender-based violence prevention program in a Canadian secondary school context
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This study evaluated the impact of a gender-based violence prevention program on a sample of grade eight students (n = 37) in a rural Canadian setting. The key factors evaluated were attitude, behavioural intent, and personal responsibility and bystander competence. The sampled students participated in a pre- and post-intervention survey in order to evaluate change through a longitudinal survey design. The intervention consisted of the delivery of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, peer-facilitated by grade eleven and twelve students at the research site. The results of the study demonstrated no positive impact on any of the three factors. The measure of behavioural intent, in fact, decreased with near significance post-intervention. It was also found that attitudinal change between male and female participants was polarized: female attitudes demonstrated positive change and male attitudes demonstrated negative change. While changes were noted, further investigation into the factors that may have influenced the trend towards negative outcomes would be useful in directing future work in gender-based violence prevention.