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Use of Social Network Analysis to Identify Popular Opinion Leaders for a Youth-Led Sexual Violence Prevention Initiative.

Authors
  • Edwards, Katie M1
  • Banyard, Victoria L2
  • Waterman, Emily A1
  • Hopfauf, Skyler L1
  • Shin, Hee-Sung3
  • Simon, Briana1
  • Valente, Thomas W3
  • 1 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.
  • 2 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.
  • 3 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
2
Pages
664–685
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1077801221994907
PMID: 33834925
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In the current article, we describe an innovative sexual violence (SV) prevention initiative that used social network analysis to identify youth and adult popular opinion leaders who were subsequently trained in best practices in SV prevention (e.g., bystander intervention) at a kickoff event (i.e., camp) of the initiative. We provide information on recruitment strategies, participation rates and how those rates varied by some demographic factors, reasons for nonattendance, the initial impact of the camp, and lessons learned. Despite challenges with youth and adult engagement, this innovative approach has the potential to transform the way we approach SV prevention among youth.

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