Teen dating violence prevention programs tend to focus on attitudes about violence, gender stereotyping, conflict management, and problem-solving skills.Activities aimed at increasing awareness and dispelling myths about violence in relationships are often included in the curriculum.Girls in both groups showed the same rates of dating violence (11.9 percent versus 12 percent).This was also true when the previously dating subsample was analyzed.An experimental study that randomly assigned 14- to 16-year-olds from child protective services to control or to the Youth Relationship Project curriculum found that the intervention was effective in reducing incidents of physical and emotional abuse and symptoms of emotional distress over time for the youth in the intervention.Specifically, youth in the intervention showed significantly greater declines in the use of coercive tactics within the dating relationship and enhanced motivation, interest, and understanding of the content of the program.Significance wasn’t maintained for those who had been dating in the previous year.However, boys in the intervention group were significantly less likely than boys in the control group to engage in dating violence (2.7 percent, compared to 7.1 percent).
Now many states and communities also are working to stop teen dating violence.
However, these activities vary greatly in quality and effectiveness. These successful initiatives build on community mobilization, outreach, public education, faith-based leader involvement, and criminal justice participation, which will set the stage for preventing teen dating violence in Dating Matters in Baltimore City contact: Aisha Burgess Interim Program Director Dating Matters Initiative Baltimore City Health Department Office of Youth Violence Prevention1001 E.
Fayette Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202(410) 396-2206 Office(410) 218-3447 Cell Aisha. Chicago’s experience in youth violence prevention, through the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and adolescent health, through the Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health make them ideally suited to lead Dating Matters in their community.
focuses on 11– to 14–year–olds in high-risk, urban communities.
It includes preventive strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.