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NCJ Number: 228314 Find in a Library
Title: Developing Teen Dating Violence Prevention Strategies: Formative Research with Middle School Youth
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:15  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:1087-1105
Author(s): Rita K. Noonan; Dyanna Charles
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the beliefs regarding dating violence among middle school youth, and recommends prevention efforts that may be employed to reduce teen dating violence.
Abstract: Results of data analysis indicate that most participants did not condone dating violence, indicating that prevention efforts should build and support attitudes rejecting violence. Findings suggest that youth-development strategies such as communication skill building, conflict management, and courageous bystander behavior can harness the largely prosocial attitudes exhibited by this age group. Research suggests that many or most youth do not endorse abuse, and that programs and strategies should start from the position that youth are part of the solution, not just a problem to be fixed by adults. Youth cannot be held solely responsible for all improvements in teen dating violence prevention. Adults, schools, and communities can contribute to enhanced well-being and safety for young people by proper role modeling, supervision, educational programming, policy change (enforcement), and challenging social norms that condone all forms of abuse and violence. The extensive nature of teen dating violence requires creative and comprehensive solutions that include the action of all community members: youth, teachers, coaches, parents, friends, and policymakers. This article summarizes the methods, data analysis, and findings from 12 focus groups of middle school youths intended to guide both research and practice in the growing field of teen dating violence prevention. Data were gathered from middle school age children identified by a marketing research facility. Moderators asked questions about relationships, abuse in dating situations, intervention in violent situations, and trusted sources of information and help regarding dating violence. References
Main Term(s): Dating Violence; Teen (13-19)
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Adolescent attitudes; Adolescent females; Adolescent males; Adolescent victims; Adolescents at risk; Behavior modification; Behavior patterns; Behavior under stress; Community involvement; Conflict resolution; Family support; Peer influences on behavior; Psychosexual behavior; Risk taking behavior; Role conflict; Youth development
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