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

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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.

New World Notes: Virtual Reality-Based Assertiveness Training Reportedly Leads to Less Sexual Victimization, Pilot Program Finds

Virtual reality, SMU, assertiveness training, sexual assault 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.

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.

Daily News: Women’s body image tied to what they think men like: study

Meltzer, SMU, body image, women, men, self esteem New York's Daily News reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight. Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size.

Huffington Post: Women’s Body Image Relies On Men’s Opinion, Study Finds

Meltzer, SMU, women, body image, men, self esteemThe popular news site Huffington Post reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight. Findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size.

U.S. News: When Women Think Men Prefer Bigger Gals, They’re Happier With Their Weight

Meltzer, SMU, USNews, bigger women, self-esteem, menHealthDay writer Robert Preidt reported on the research of SMU social psychologist Andrea L. Meltzer for the news site U.S. News & World Report. Meltzer led a series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight. The findings suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size.

The Atlantic: Women’s Self-Esteem and What Men Want

The Atlantic, Andrea Meltzer, Julie Beck, large-body women, men, self-esteemThe Atlantic reported on the research of SMU psychologist Andrea Meltzer, lead author on a new series of studies that found that telling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight. Results suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer. The researchers found that how women perceive men’s preferences influenced each woman’s body image independent of her actual body size and weight.

Women who are told men desire women with larger bodies are happier with their weight

SMU, women, body image, MeltzerTelling women that men desire larger women who aren’t model-thin made the women feel better about their own weight in a series of new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Results of the three independent studies suggest a woman’s body image is strongly linked to her perception of what she thinks men prefer, said social psychologist Andrea Meltzer, lead researcher on the study.

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