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Proposed Project

Developing a Sexual Consent Norms Instrument—New—National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description

Sexual violence prevention strategies are increasingly focusing on promoting positive behavioral norms such as safety, equality and respect in relationships. However, psychometrically validated measures do not exist for programs to use in evaluating their strategies. This project provides an opportunity to significantly contribute to the literature base and fill a gap in evaluation tools by developing a measure specific to consent norms for use in three populations: College students, late adolescents (ages 15-18) and early adolescents (ages 11-14). Sound measures of sexual consent norms will improve program evaluation efforts and potentially contribute to understanding of effective prevention strategies as well as the etiology of sexual violence perpetration.

The development of these measures will occur in four phases. All phases will consist of Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino and White students. Phase one will consist of multiple two-hour focus groups of 8-10 participants: 1 with prevention educators, 8 with college students, 8 with late adolescents (ages 15-18) and 8 with early adolescents (ages 11-14). Samples of college students and adolescents will include Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and White students. Half of the college student focus groups will be conducted with students who grew up in the United States; the other half will be conducted with students who came to the United States within the last five years. Focus group participants will be asked to comment on the proposed instruments relevant to their group. Prevention educators will comment on all three instruments. Comments will be used to refine the measures.

In phase two, 200 college students and 100 adolescents will complete the revised instrument appropriate to age group, plus a set of existing instruments that assess related variables, using online data collection methods.

Phase three will consist of multiple two-hour focus groups of 8-10 participants: 2 with prevention educators, 1 with college students, 1 with late adolescents (ages 15-18) and 1 with early adolescents (ages 11-14). Half of the college student focus groups will be conducted with students who grew up in the United States; the other half will be conducted with students who came to the United States in the last five years. All focus group participants will be asked to comment on data collected with the revised instruments in their age group. Prevention educators will be asked to comment on data from all age groups. Comments will be used to refine the instrument again, before administering it to larger samples.

In phase four, the refined instruments plus a set of existing instruments that assess related variables will be administered to 500 adolescents (200 early and 200 late). Data collection will occur via an online survey. These data will be used to examine the psychometric properties of the new instruments.

Findings will be used to demonstrate the adequacy of new instruments for use in racially and ethnically diverse populations of college student and adolescents by sexual assault prevention programs funded through the Rape Prevention and Education Program. There is no cost to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 3005.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Form nameNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (hours)
Phase I: Focus Group of Prevention Educators1013
Phase I: Focus Group of College Students8012.5
Phase I: Focus Group of Late Adolescents8013
Phase I: Focus Group of Early Adolescents8013
Phase II: College Student Survey20012
Phase II: Late Adolescent Survey5012
Phase II: Early Adolescent Survey5011
Phase III: Follow-up Focus Group of Prevention Educators2013
Phase III: Follow-up Focus Group of College Students1012.5
Phase III: Follow-up Focus Group of Late Adolescents1013
Phase III: Follow-up Focus Group of Early Adolescents1013
Phase IV: Confirmatory Survey of College Students50012
Phase IV: Confirmatory Survey of Late Adolescents20012
Phase IV: Confirmatory Survey of Early Adolescents20011
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Dated: January 25, 2011.

Carol E. Walker,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 2011-2013 Filed 1-28-11; 8:45 am]

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