Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Interdisciplinary Education

Major Professor

Linda Raffaele Mendez, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Harold Keller, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jeffrey Kromery, Ph.D.


gender-based violence, relational aggression, physical aggression, program evaluation


This study explored the effects of a gender-based violence prevention program called Owning Up on a group of middle school students in Tampa, Florida. The majority of participants were African-American at-risk youth who voluntarily participated in the intervention. This study is novel in that it is one of the first to empirically validate curricula that addresses an array of aggressive behaviors. A mixed methods design was used to gain insight into significant changes over time, as well as treatment integrity throughout the implementation. Findings from the study found females to be more aggressive than males on all forms of aggression across time. Additionally, results suggest that minimal gains were found between pre- and post-test administrations indicating that the intervention with this particular group may have not been effective. Cultural fit, systems-level issues, and problem-solving tactics are discussed to explain the findings.