Dating violence prevention in middle school and high school youth

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features, search, payment options and informational pages on Taylor & Francis Online will be unavailable during this scheduled release.Articles will remain available for view or download, where access rights already apply.The participants proposed strategies to prevent dating violence amongst students around building on self-confidence, awareness campaigns and counselling.Preventing dating violence is a concern for school administrators across the nation.

Researchers Amanda Cissner and Lama Ayoub conducted an evaluation to see whether a program already shown to decrease dating violence among Canadian high school students would also be effective with U. Cissner and Ayoub found that an adaptation of this program for middle school students did not reduce dating violence behavior generally among middle school students.

With the exception of delayed sexual activity, no main effects of the program were found on any of the outcomes of interest overall. The program was most beneficial for those already involved in dating violence, showing a 19 percent reduction in dating violence victimization and a 29 percent reduction in perpetration.

In addition, implementation of the program mattered.

CONCLUSIONS: Dating violence among middle school and high school youth must be addressed by screening risk and offering anticipatory guidance during each health maintenance visit in order to prevent victimization of youth in dating and attraction relationships.

ABSTRACT: This study explored the perceptions of South African university undergraduate students regarding dating violence in their institution of higher learning.

These effects were greater for schools that most closely adhered to the program model. The program did not reduce dating violence overall, but the program was effective in reducing targeted behaviors for students already engaged in dating violence.

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