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PHD - Doctor of Philosophy


Expressive Therapies


The Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Program is the subject of this research study. MVP is a high school leadership and mentoring program that focuses on promoting gender respect and preventing harassment, sexual harassment and teen dating abuse in middle schools and high schools. This program evaluation study of the MVP program utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data. The findings suggest the MVP training supports the mentors in their ability to become active bystanders and leaders in this work, not only in the short term and while they are in the program, but over the long term, when they are no longer part of the program. The self-evaluation findings also suggest that for the students not in the MVP program, witnessing, dialoguing and reflecting on the dramatic role plays contribute to their becoming more aware and active bystanders in harassing, sexually harassing and teen dating abuse situations. Additionally, an action plan is presented on ways of strengthening the Mentors in Violence Prevention program described in this dissertation, and on establishing Mentors in Violence Prevention programs such as this one in other public high schools.



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