Web-Based Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Program with Tailored Content Based on Gender and Sexual Orientation: Preliminary Outcomes and Usability Study of Positive Change (+Change)

Amanda K. Gilmore, Ruschelle M. Leone, Daniel W. Oesterle, Kelly Cue Davis, Lindsay M. Orchowski, Viswanathan Ramakrishnan, Debra Kaysen

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Abstract

Background: Alcohol use and sexual assault are common on college campuses in the United States, and the rates of occurrence differ based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Objective: We aimed to provide an assessment of the usability and preliminary outcomes of Positive Change (+Change), a program that provides integrated personalized feedback to target alcohol use, sexual assault victimization, sexual assault perpetration, and bystander intervention among cisgender heterosexual men, cisgender heterosexual women, and sexual minority men and women. Methods: Participants included 24 undergraduate students from a large university in the Southwestern United States aged between 18 and 25 years who engaged in heavy episodic drinking in the past month. All procedures were conducted on the web, and participants completed a baseline survey, +Change, and a follow-up survey immediately after completing +Change. Results: Our findings indicated that +Change was acceptable and usable among all participants, despite gender identity or sexual orientation. Furthermore, there were preliminary outcomes indicating the benefit for efficacy testing of +Change. Conclusions: Importantly, +Change is the first program to target alcohol use, sexual assault victimization, sexual assault perpetration, and bystander intervention within the same program and to provide personalized content based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere23823
JournalJMIR Formative Research
Volume6
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • college students
  • gender minorities
  • sexual
  • sexual assault prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics

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