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Preventing Sexual Violence Among Middle School Boys With a Strengths-Based Curriculum

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03392597
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : January 8, 2018
Last Update Posted : January 8, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Cornell University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Janis Whitlock, Cornell University

Brief Summary:
This research will examine if participation in a strengths-based curriculum, the Brothers as Allies program adapted from the Council for Boys and Young Men, reduces risk for future sexual violence perpetration among middle school-aged boys in New York State.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sexual Violence Behavioral: Brothers as Allies Behavioral: Programming-as-Usual Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Using a longitudinal waitlist control design, this study will evaluate the efficacy of a strengths-based curriculum, the Brothers as Allies program from the Council for Boys and Young Men, to reduce risk for future sexual violence perpetration with middle school-aged boys (ages 12-14) in New York State. This research will examine if participation in the program decreases negative behaviors (such as later sexual violence perpetration and sexual aggression) and increases positive behaviors (such as bystander intervention and caring/cooperative behaviors) amongst program participants, in comparison to participants who participate in programming-as-usual. Other potential moderators and outcomes linked to sexual violence victimization and sexual assault perpetration (including attitudes related to gender roles, acceptance of sexual violence, and interpersonal relationships) will also be measured. The research team will also assess the extent to which the curriculum, when implemented with fidelity and quality, leads to improved relationships and stronger connections with adults in afterschool or other community-based youth-program settings. All participants will complete surveys at baseline, immediate post-intervention, and at 3 and 6 months post-intervention. Finally, the investigators will also assess the implementation factors which impact the efficacy of this program, such as fidelity and quality of program delivery. The research team hypothesizes participants in the Brothers as Allies program will show post-intervention decreased sexual violence perpetration, less acceptance of sexual violence, less stereotypic gender role attitudes, greater youth-adult connectedness, and increased bystander intervention, caring, and cooperation behaviors compared to peers in the non-intervention group. In order to complete this work, the research team is collaborating with the New York Rape Prevention and Education (RPE)-funded Regional Centers for Sexual Violence Prevention and a Research Advisory Board of community members and professionals from New York State.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 720 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Waitlist control design in which matched sites are randomly assigned to an intervention or waitlist control group to implement and evaluate the Brothers as Allies program. Intervention groups will participate in the Brothers as Allies program from the Council for Boys and Young Men. Waitlist control groups will participate in programming-as-usual until implementation with the intervention groups is complete, at which point they will receive the intervention. All participants will complete surveys at baseline, immediate post-intervention, and at 3 and 6 months post-intervention.
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Testing the Efficacy of a Strengths-Based Curriculum to Reduce Risk for Future Sexual Violence Perpetration Among Middle School Boys
Actual Study Start Date : July 26, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : July 24, 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 29, 2020

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Brothers as Allie
Brothers as Allies is a strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe and healthy passage through the pre-teen and adolescent years by addressing rigid beliefs and norms about masculinity that are harmful to the health, safety, relationships and opportunities of boys and young men. Groups of six to ten boys of similar age and development meet weekly with one or two facilitators for 1.5 to 2 hours for ten or more weeks. Meetings include warm up activities, an opportunity for check-in, experiential activities that address gender relevant topics (e.g., group challenges, games, skits, role plays), and a reflection and group dialogue component.
Behavioral: Brothers as Allies
Strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe and healthy passage through the pre-teen and adolescent years.

Active Comparator: Programming-as-Usual
Usual programming implemented in afterschool programs.
Behavioral: Programming-as-Usual
Usual afterschool programming.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sexual violence perpetration (Koss et al., 2006) [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
    This will be measured by items from a widely used measure of sexual violence perpetration behaviors



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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Gender Based Eligibility:   Yes
Gender Eligibility Description:   Middle school-aged boys
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be males of middle school age (12-14 years), participating in afterschool/youth programming at one of the intervention or control sites.

Exclusion Criteria:


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Contacts
Contact: Ann-Margret Foley 518-474-0535 ann-margret.foley@health.ny.gov

Locations
United States, New York
Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Recruiting
Rochester, New York, United States, 14605
Contact: Greta A Niu, PhD    585-546-2771 ext 362    greta.niu@ppcwny.org   
Sponsors and Collaborators
New York State Department of Health
Cornell University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Janis Whitlock, PhD Cornell University

Responsible Party: Janis Whitlock, Research Scientist, Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03392597     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CE002834
First Posted: January 8, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 8, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No