Service-Learning in Mexico:
Solidary participation towards gender equity
With a solidarity action goal, undergraduate students in the advanced level course PS3105 Clinical Psychology
Applications were involved in an action research process on gender equity and to apply an intervention
program for the empowerment of women. Method. Two researches were conducted involving 28 and 30
students, respectively. Study 1 was correlational, quantitative, cross-sectional, with adult women (N = 134) to
assess the rate and severity of partner violence, empowerment, gender ideology and sexist attitudes. Study
2 was a one group pretest / posttest experimental research design (N = 64) aimed at empowering women
through the development of a realistic and positive self-esteem in order to break the cycle of violence. Results.
In Study 1 violence cases occur at a frequency of 28.6% and a severity of 29.3%. Women empowerment is
associated with ambivalent sexism while gender ideology is related to sexist attitudes, but not with the severity
of violence. After the intervention in Study 2, there was a statistically significant increase in participants’
self-esteem. Discussion. The students on the basis of scientific method studied situations related to their
profession in an innovative and committed way, based on principles of social welfare, generating knowledge,
and applying human intelligence to transform reality.
Peace, Gender equality, Partner violence, Community, Service-Learning, Professional development, Competence.
Full text in Spanish
Quiroga, A. (2013). Aprendizaje-Servicio en México: Participación solidaria en pro de la equidad de género. International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS), 2(2),