When one person in a relationship repeatedly scares, hurts or puts down the other person, it is abuse.The Power and Control in Dating Relationships Wheel lists examples of each form of abuse.These health departments collectively have identified 44 schools in high-risk urban communities; we have randomly assigned half the schools to implement the comprehensive model with intensive technical assistance and half to implement the standard of care model with basic technical assistance. The purpose of the trial is to determine the effectiveness of the comprehensive approach (Dating Matters) compared with standard practice in TDV prevention (Safe Dates only implemented in 8th grade).
The Dating Matters Comprehensive Approach includes: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Student Curricula; Parent Programs for parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; A communications campaign involving brand ambassadors, a text message campaign, and social media campaign; An online training about teen dating violence for educators; Developmental component: A guidance document for sites on assessing and informing local policies relevant to teen dating violence for comprehensive schools (likely to be substantial cross and within site variation on this component) To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.
The objective of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive approach to promoting respectful, nonviolent teen dating relationships by utilizing current evidence-based practice and experience.
The focus on high-risk, urban communities is predicated on data that suggest that the prevalence of dating violence among middle school students is higher in urban communities (O'Leary & Slep, in press).
Dating violence is a pattern of controlling, abusive and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or a combination.
Dating violence is also a form of intimate partner violence.