Date of Award

May 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Shawn Cahill

Committee Members

Raymond Fleming, Krista Lisdahl


college students, group motivational interviewing, rape myths, risk reduction, sexual assault


Although risk reduction programming is a promising approach against college sexual assault, we need a better understanding of what makes the programming effective including understanding the role of rape myths. Additionally, it is unclear how college women perceive the programming which may affect feasibility. The present study evaluated a novel risk reduction program that utilizes Group Motivational Interviewing. Eligible college women with a sexual assault history were randomized to complete the program or to a control condition. Feasibility results indicated that students were interested in participating, were eligible at high rates, and had positive reactions to the program. Difficulties with feasibility included unequal distribution of participants across conditions, low rate of follow-up participation, and low occurrence of sexual assault for controls at follow-up. Rape myths were not found to be associated with risk reduction programming outcome factors. Preliminary efficacy results indicated that calculated effect size was lower than anticipated.