Violence in dating
) was selected for use with parents in Grade 6 because of its success engaging parents in urban communities, effectiveness in reducing youth sexual risk behaviors, and because it builds foundational skills of communication and positive parenting among participants (Miller et al.
was selected for use in Grade 8 for parents because its delivery method (mailed booklets to families) facilitates engagement of parents who may have limited transportation and availability and because preliminary results suggest it may be effective in reducing TDV victimization (Foshee et al.
has the potential to prevent the onset of TDV, which could disrupt the stability of violence across relationships and over time.
Moreover, in middle school, parents and educators are strong influences and takes a novel approach to TDV prevention that bridges diverse areas of public health by drawing on the best available research in areas such as TDV, youth violence, and sexual risk prevention.
Lauderdale, Florida; Oakland, California; and Chicago, Illinois that will assess effectiveness and cost of the two models.
Educators will complete a free online training developed by CDC in partnership with Liz Clairborne Inc.—which is intended to increase recognition of the risk factors and warning signs of dating violence as well as prevention and response tools.
Evidence suggests dating violence is distinct in certain ways from other youth risk behaviors and youth violence, so programmatic activities target risk factors that have been associated with psychological, physical and sexual teen dating violence perpetration in longitudinal studies and factors that have been discussed in this Special Section.
Individual level factors include youth substance use (O’Donnell et al.
The initiative seeks to be socioculturally relevant to high-risk urban communities by training communities to make surface adaptations to program curricula.
Adaptation tools developed for will use a data-driven approach to build the capacity of local health departments to implement violence prevention.