Assessing the effects of the dating violence prevention

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The girls were assigned randomly to receive one of two curriculums: A third group of 42 girls were enrolled in the study but did not participate in a curriculum intervention. Overall, the girls reported positive experiences about participating in a curriculum. Scott Huebner, "Severe Dating Violence and Quality of Life Among South Carolina High School Students," 19 (November 2000): 220-227. To adapt Families for Safe Dates for teens exposed to domestic violence, the researcher recruited 28 women (and 35 of their 12- to 15-year-old children) from four counties, either when the women were in court filing a domestic violence protection order or when the women were seeking services through public or community-based programs.To be eligible, women had to have been victims of domestic violence but no longer living with their partners and to have a child 12 to 15 years old.

The pilot study was instrumental in guiding the development, refinement and implementation of a larger, ongoing efficacy trial of the intervention that is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Adolescents who are maltreated and become involved in the child welfare system are at risk for being revictimized by romantic partners.[4] To better understand how to prevent revictimization among this high-risk group, NIJ funded a study to evaluate the effectiveness of two prevention curriculums.The study focused on girls because they sometimes face more serious consequences of dating violence (e.g., injuries, pregnancy) than boys do.[5],[6] Participants included 176 adolescent girls involved in child welfare services.The study found no significant differences in revictimization rates for girls who completed the social learning/feminist curriculum compared with those who completed the risk detection/executive functioning curriculum. In addition, compared with girls who did not participate in a curriculum, the odds of not being revictimized (sexually or physically) were two to five times greater for girls who received the risk detection/executive functioning or social learning curriculum. Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools (pdf, 322 pages).

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