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DMN: SMU professors aim to prevent sexual assault with bystander program

SMU, Simpson Rowe, sexual assault, videoThe Dallas Morning News covered the work of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation. Continue reading

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CBS DFW Channel 11: College Women Learn How To Repel Virtual Aggressor

Virtual reality, SMU, assertiveness training, sexual assaultJournalist Robbie Owens at CBS DFW Channel 11 covered the research of SMU psychologists Lorelei Simpson Rowe, Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.

The three developed a video-based program for teaching young women sexual assertiveness training with the goal of helping them resist unwanted sexual overtures. Jouriles and McDonald devised a bystander intervention program that teaches young adults how to recognize and intervene in a dangerous situation. Continue reading

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Newsweek: Virtual Reality Training for Sexual Harassment?

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Newsweek covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald.
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New World Notes: Virtual Reality-Based Assertiveness Training Reportedly Leads to Less Sexual Victimization, Pilot Program Finds

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Journalist Wagner James Au, who delves into the details of all things Metaverse on his New World Notes blog, covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Continue reading

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Raw Story: Teaching girls to say ‘no’ in virtual reality cuts sexual victimization by half — study

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Blogger Scott Kaufman on the Internet news site Raw Story covered the research of SMU clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe and her co-authors Ernest N. Jouriles and Renee McDonald. Continue reading

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Teen girls report less sexual victimization after virtual reality assertiveness training

Simpson Rowe, SMU, victimization, sexual coercion, virtual reality, Jouriles, McDonaldTeen girls were less likely to report being sexually victimized after learning to assertively resist unwanted sexual overtures and practicing resistance in a realistic virtual environment, finds a new study.

The effects persisted over a three-month period following the training, said clinical psychologist Lorelei Simpson Rowe, lead author on the pilot study from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Continue reading

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Sweden, SMU psychologists partner to launch parenting program that reduces child abuse

Project Support, SMU, Sweden, McDonald, JourilesThe government of Sweden is partnering with psychologists at SMU to launch a parenting program shown to reduce child abuse. A two-year study funded by the Swedish government is looking at the feasibility of implementing “Project Support” nationwide in that country.

The program, created by SMU psychologists Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles, has been shown to reduce child abuse and neglect in severely violent families. Continue reading

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Parenting program tackles child abuse and neglect among formerly homeless families

A parenting program developed by researchers in SMU’s Department of Psychology will now help Dallas-area families who were once homeless.

Family Compass, one of the oldest child abuse prevention agencies in Dallas, is expanding its use of “Project Support.” The Project Support program was developed by SMU psychologists Renee McDonald and Ernest Jouriles to reduce child abuse and neglect in severely violent families. Continue reading

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Toronto Star: Parents have a key role to play in teaching healthy relationship skills


A research study by Ernest Jouriles in collaboration with others in the SMU Department of Psychology is cited in a Nov. 5 article in the Toronto Star.

Journalist Ann Douglas elaborates on the study in her article about the way parents make a difference when it comes to encouraging their children to make healthy relationship choices.

The study, “Teens’ experiences of harsh parenting and exposure to severe intimate partner violence: Adding insult to injury in predicting teen dating violence,” was published in April in the journal “Psychology of Violence.” Continue reading

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