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NCJ Number: 159146 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of a Prevention Program for Violence in Teen Dating Relationships
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1995)  Pages:516-524
Author(s): F Lavoie; L Vezina; C Piche; M Boivin
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports the outcome data for a primary prevention program implemented within the school setting that addressed various aspects of dating violence.
Abstract: The program dealt only with violence in dating relationships, whether for a single evening or long-term relationships. The short form of the program consisted of two classroom sessions (total program duration of 120 to 150 minutes). The objectives of the first session were to distinguish self-control or control over one's environment from abusive control of other people; to identify various forms of control and to denounce them; and to understand the importance of the problem of violence in dating relationships. The objectives of the second session were to establish certain rights of each partner in a dating relationship, to know how to apply these rights in situations with a risk of abuse, to know that each partner is responsible for respecting the other's rights, and to understand that the responsibility for abuse must not be attributed to the victim but rather to the perpetrator. The results show that positive changes were recorded following the program in both schools. The results also show a difference between boys and girls before the program and again after the program on the attitude scale. The study thus shows that a relatively short program succeeded in modifying knowledge and attitudes about violence and control by a partner in dating relationships. 2 tables and 9 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Dating Violence
Note: Presented at the 101st annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, August 1993.
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