Although many states have taken steps to require dating violence prevention as part of standard health curriculum in middle or high schools, not all take the additional step of providing funding to implement and study these programs.
The researchers called for more funding to study program success, modify existing programs, and implement effective programs more widely.
► Prevention programs have had minimal success at reducing dating violence.
► New and innovative dating violence prevention programs are needed.
Dating during the teen years takes a violent turn for nearly 1 in 6 young people, a new study finds, with both genders reporting acts like punching and throwing things.
As a domestic/family violence counselor, an individual works with people who have been physically, emotionally, sexually or economically abused by an intimate partner or family member.
School-based studies in the past have found that nearly 9 percent of ninth through 12 graders experience physical dating violence, and 10 percent to 25 percent experience dating violence when including both physical and verbal aggression.
The field of dating violence has seen a substantial rise in research over the past several years, which has improved our understanding of factors that increase risk for perpetration.
While teen dating violence prevention programs increased knowledge and changed student attitudes to be less supportive of such behavior, they did not actually reduce dating violence, according to this meta-analysis of research on middle- and high school intervention programs, report investigators.
The researchers noted a small reduction in victimization (i.e., experiences of psychological abuse and sexual and nonsexual violence in dating relationships) following participating in a program, but it was not sustained over time For their analysis, researchers used the results of 23 rigorous studies on the short- and long-term impact of school-based interventions on student knowledge of teen dating violence, attitudes toward teen dating violence, and frequency of perpetration or victimization in adolescent intimate partner relationships.
Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Domestic/Family Violence degree or certificate.
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