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Lyndon et al. (2011) – The Role of High School Coaches in Helping Prevent Adolescent Sexual Aggression – Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem

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In this qualitative study, we examine whether male high school coaches could effectively serve as advocates or educators for male-focused programs to prevent sexual aggression. We conduct open-ended key informant individual and focus group interviews with high school coaches and administrators. The five themes the authors identified suggest that coaches (a) believe they have influences over athletes, (b) lack education about sexual aggression, (c) endorse rape myths, (d) minimize the problem of sexual aggression, and (e) are resistant to being engaged in sexual aggression prevention. Our results reveal that coaches may need in-depth training on sexual aggression even if they do not want to engage in prevention efforts because they may be transmitting values and beliefs that support and condone sexual aggression of their athletes.


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Lyndon, Amy E., Donna M. Duffy, Paige Hall Smith, and Jacquelyn W. White2011. “The Role of High School Coaches in Helping Prevent Adolescent Sexual Aggression: Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?” Journal of Sport and Social Issues 35(4):377–99. doi:10.1177/0193723511426292.

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