Systematic development of a Dutch school-based sexual prejudice reduction program: an intervention mapping approach

Fraukje E. F. Mevissen*, Gerjo Kok, Anita Watzeels, Gee van Duin, Arjan E. R. Bos

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Abstract

Experiences of sexual prejudice threaten the quality of life and psychological well-being of sexual minority youth. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of how we developed a theory- and evidence-based sexual prejudice reduction program suitable for the Dutch high school context, guided by the intervention mapping approach (IM). In line with IM, six steps were followed: an initial needs assessment in which empirical, theoretical, and new data were gathered to acquire a thorough understanding of the problem (step 1); the formulation of program objectives for both students and teachers (step 2); the selection of theory-based methods and applications (step 3); program development (step 4); the provision of an adoption and implementation plan (step 5); and the development of an evaluation plan (step 6). In conclusion, developing a sexual prejudice reduction program for schools is a challenging but feasible process. IM is an effective tool for the systematic (theory- and evidence-driven) development of such a program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-451
Number of pages19
JournalSexuality Research and Social Policy
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • Sexual prejudice
  • Homophobic bullying
  • Intervention mapping
  • School-based intervention
  • Adolescents
  • Theory and evidence based
  • MENTAL-HEALTH
  • BEHAVIOR-CHANGE
  • BISEXUAL INDIVIDUALS
  • GENDER NONCONFORMITY
  • INTERGROUP CONTACT
  • SECONDARY-SCHOOLS
  • MINORITY YOUTH
  • YOUNG-ADULTS
  • GAY MEN
  • EDUCATION

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