Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sexual Coercion among African American College Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sexual Coercion among African American College Students

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Roberta J. Ogletree, Alicia L. Battle, LaTonya D. Mouzon, Kevin P. Clark, and Stephani Coleman, Southern Illinois University

Sexual coercion is a recognized problem on college campuses and one of concern for health educators. To combat this phenomenon, health educators must understand the problem as revealed by college students themselves. Qualitative research methods are indicated when research questions ask "what" and "how." Because the purpose was to add to the understanding of sexual coercion as seen by African American college students, a phenomenological research study was designed to answer the questions: "What is sexual coercion?" and "How can we combat it?" Five focus group interviews were conducted with African American college students at a midwestern university. Stages of the focus groups were: introduction, prefocus, focus, conclusions, and debriefing. For each group the moderator adhered to a focus group guide and began with a welcome, overview of the topic, and ground rules before moving into the first question. Three primary questions were asked: What is sexual coercion? How common is it? How can we combat it? For e ach group a note taker was present and each group was audiotaped. Full and accurate transcriptions were prepared. For each focus group key ideas, words, phrases and quotes representing the sentiments of the participants were identified. …

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