A school based program to prevent adolescent dating violence

Here is an abstract from an article about a recent study from Canada. Once I do a complete reading of this article I will share my thoughts. A school-based program to prevent adolescent dating violence: a cluster randomized trial.

Wolfe DA, Crooks C, Jaffe P, Chiodo D, Hughes R, Ellis W, Stitt L, Donner A.

Intervention A 21-lesson curriculum delivered during 28 hours by teachers with additional training in the dynamics of dating violence and healthy relationships.

Dating violence prevention was integrated with core lessons about healthy relationships, sexual health, and substance use prevention using interactive exercises.

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Observations of adolescent peer resistance skills following a classroom-based healthy relationship program: A post-intervention comparison.

These can also be fostered by a teen’s home and community.

For example, higher levels of bonding to parents and enhanced social skills can protect girls against victimization.

[email protected]: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.69 PMID: 19652099 (Copyright © 2009, American Medical Association) OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an interactive curriculum that integrates dating violence prevention with lessons on healthy relationships, sexual health, and substance use reduces physical dating violence (PDV).

DESIGN: Cluster randomized trial with 2.5-year follow-up; prespecified subgroup analyses by sex. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1722 students aged 14-15 from 20 public schools (52.8% girls).

This project targets the prevention of violence through the promotion of positive, healthy relationships.

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