The Effectiveness of a Psycho-educational App to Reduce Sexist Attitudes Among Adolescents // Eficacia de una app psicoeducativa para reducir el sexismo en adolescentes

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Published 07-01-2020
José-javier Navarro-Pérez Ángela Carbonell Amparo Oliver

Abstract

The present study evaluates the effectiveness of an intervention using a mobile app game aimed at reducing sexism in adolescents. A quasiexperimental pretest-posttest study is executed with experimental and control groups. The participants are 369 secondary school students from the province of Valencia, of whom 196 are assigned to intervention and 173 to control group. Hostile and benevolent sexism are assessed at both points in time using theory of ambivalent sexism. The two hours' intervention involved explaining the game's dynamic, implementation and use. The results of applying the program are evaluated of the two dimensions of sexism. Intervention with the app brought about a significant change, reducing sexism in adolescents by between six and 12%. The study highlights the usefulness to make use of information and communications technology (ICT) as a tool for combating sexism and co-educating in equality using gaming strategies to develop non-sexist prosocial competencies.
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