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NCJ Number: 249999 Find in a Library
Title: Effects of the Moms and Teens for Safe Dates Program on Dating Abuse: a Conditional Process Analysis
Journal: Prevention Science  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:April 2016  Pages:357-366
Author(s): V. A. Foshee; T. Benefield
Date Published: April 2016
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2008-WG-BX-1003
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: “Moms and Teens for Safe Dates” (MTSD) is a dating abuse (DA) prevention program for teens exposed to domestic violence. In a randomized controlled trial (RCT), MTSD prevented certain types of DA victimization (psychological and physical) and perpetration (psychological and cyber) among teens with higher, but not lower, exposure to domestic violence. The current study built on these findings by using moderated mediation analysis to examine whether level of teen exposure to domestic violence conditioned the indirect effects of MTSD on these types of DA through targeted mediators.
Abstract: MTSD consisted of six mailed activity booklets. Mothers who had been former victims of domestic violence delivered the program to their teens. Mother and teen pairs were recruited into the RCT through community advertising and completed baseline and 6-month follow-up interviews (N = 277 pairs). As expected, MTSD had significant favorable effects for teens with higher but not lower exposure to domestic violence on several mediators that guided program content, including teen conflict management skills and mother-perceived severity of DA, self-efficacy for enacting DA prevention efforts, and comfort in communicating with her teen. MTSD had significant main effects on other mediators including teen feeling of family closeness and cohesion and mother-perceived susceptibility of her teen to DA. As expected, all significant indirect effects of MTSD on DA outcomes through mediators were for teens with higher exposure to domestic violence. Findings have implications for developing DA victimization and perpetration prevention programs for teens with high exposure to domestic violence. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence; Exposure to Violence; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Teen Dating Violence
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