Date of Award

7-24-2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology

Committee Chair

Daniel S. McKitrick, Ph.D.

Abstract

A critical literature review is employed to evaluate the efficacy of sexual assault (SA) prevention programs on college campuses with special attention to cross-cultural application. SA prevention programs are required on college campuses but are rarely evaluated for efficacy. This review draws upon information and recommendations of preeminent authors in the field of SA research, using information gathered from peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters in order to apply what is known about SA prevention and cultural supports for SA to the generation of culturally relevant SA prevention. The author explores how the cultural supports for SA, including gender roles and rape myths, vary across cultures and influence sexual victimization rates with an end goal of honoring cultural diversity and tailoring SA interventions to meet the needs of a multiethnic audience.

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