The purpose of this study was to test the Fourth R curriculum with a younger, urban population of middle school students in the Bronx, New York.
Incoming seventh-grade students in ten Bronx middle schools were assigned to class sections, which were then randomly assigned to receive the Fourth R or a standard seventh-grade curriculum during the 2010-2011 academic year. Surveys were administered to students at three points: a baseline survey was collected during the fall of 2010, prior to program implementation; a follow-up survey was collected at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 academic year (in June), after half of the students had received the Fourth R curriculum; and a final follow-up survey was collected at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 academic year, a full year after any students received the curriculum.
Three additional Bronx middle schools were included in a secondary quasi-experimental study to allow researchers to measure whether students in the experimental schools who did not directly receive the Fourth R curriculum might experience some program benefit, based on school-wide diffusion of program messages, as a result of peer-to-peer or teacher-to-student transmission of program materials.
Additionally, interviews were conducted with teachers and administrators as part of a process evaluation and fidelity analysis to measure the extent to which the implementation of the curriculum was faithful to the original program model. Student focus groups were held at the end of the seventh and eighth grade school year in order to reflect on program implementation and to provide feedback for improvement.
All students who were incoming 7th grade students in one of the 13 Bronx middle schools, and their teachers and school administrators, during the 2010-2011 academic year. Students in the ten experimental schools were randomly assigned to one of two experimental conditions (Fourth R or standard 7th grade curriculum).
Seventh grade students in 13 Bronx middle schools in the 2010-2011 school year.
administrative records data
This study contains one SPSS dataset that includes 1183 cases and 873 variables.
2010-MU-MU-0012_FINAL_data_file_9.3.2014.sav: The variables in this dataset contain information from the baseline survey and the two follow-up surveys provided to students. They include topics such as demographics, sexual interest and history, family life, whether students were a victim of a physical or sexual assault by a peer, prior sexual education, peer and perpetrator pressure, method of harassment (sexual, physical, verbal and online), type of abuse, drug and alcohol use, feeling of safety in school and responses to bullying
Final analyses were limited to successfully-matched surveys, leaving a total of 745 cases (570 experimental, 175 quasi-experimental comparison) for baseline to T1 analyses and 709 cases (517 experimental, 192 quasi-experimental comparison) for baseline to T2 analyses. Approximately 63% of T1 and 60% of T2 respondents were matched to the same students at baseline.