Can Attitude towards Child Sex abusers be changed with a short Psycho-education

Can Attitude towards Child Sex abusers be changed with a short Psycho-education

I investigate whether psycho-education can change students’ attitudes. Half of the respondents receive what is called psycho-education (Expermentalgroup), this means that they receive a small education. The other half of the respondents (Controlgroup) do not get that education. More precisely, the psycho-education looks like this: all respondents (control and experiment group) answer seven knowledge questions about child abuse (ScoreKnowledgeQuiz), but only the respondents in the experiment group get to see the answers (and thus are subjected to the psycho-education). Next, all respondents take an attitudinal measurement (the ATS-21). The answers of the knowledge questions are shown to the control group after the attitudinal measurement.
Thus, because of the design, it can be examined whether following psychoeducation has an influence on attitudes. Therefore, the concrete research question is: can psychoeducation lead to attitude change. I have done this with a few t-tests: it appears to be possible. But I want to look deeper, and see what influences the effectiveness of psycho-education. So I take a number of factors and look at how these factors affect the effectiveness of psychoeducation. Again, I have done all of these correlations with t-tests. Well there remains one step that fails me: namely, there are possible moderating variables. Variables in which there is an interaction effect.
For example, gender. I looked at whether the gender of a respondent makes a difference in whether the psychoeducation is effective (so two t-tests: the men of control group versus the men of the experimental group, and the women of control group versus the women of the experimental group). In men there appeared to be no difference, in women there was. Well according to me supervisor this is not enough, I also need to look at the interaction effect of gender. But I don’t know how to do that. By the way, I also need to do that for the further unrelated variables below (I believe). My teacher mentioned an ANCOVA (to do them all at once)? But maybe I misunderstood her. Could you possibly run this for me?

Psycho-education change attitude


– Gender (Gender)
– Age (Age)
– Relationship status (Single)
– Direction of study
– Year of study (Studyyear)
– Contact with child abuse victim (Knew_CSAbuser)
– Contact with child abuse victim (Knew_CSvictim)
– Reads tabloid (ReadsTabloid)
– Reads quality newspaper (ReadsQualityBroadsheet)
– Reads newspaper (Readsnewspaper)
– Watches news (WatchesNews)
– CSA appears in the curriculum (CSA_in_Curriculum)
– Thinks critically (CriticalThinking). (Respondents completed a questionnaire to what extent they think critically. It was found that people who think more critically (7 point Likert scale, higher score is more critical)
– Knowledge score (ScoreKnowledgeQuiz) (Score between 1 and 14, more good, more knowledge)

The dependent variable is the Attitude Towards Sex Offenders (ATS), plus the three subscales into which this attitude is divided (Social_Distance_ATS) (Intent_ATS ) (Trust_ATS). The higher the more positive the attitude. Attitude was measured with a slider. Respondents could score between zero and one hundred. The above scales are averages.