Preventing dating violence in public schools: An evaluation of an interagency collaborative program for youth

Lauran A. Lowe, Chris D. Jones, Leon Banks

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Abstract

Many communities offer programs aimed at improving teen dating skills and knowledge about violence and sexual behavior. This research study evaluates one such program, operated by an interagency collaborative. Each of four participating community agencies provided one hour of curriculum during one week of health class. Lecture, group activities, and films were used in the intervention. A 0 × 0 design was used to examine changes in knowledge and attitudes among 74 students. Results indicate that most students began with fairly high knowledge levels and appropriate attitudes. Nevertheless, the program did appear to have a positive impact on those who exhibited less knowledge about and more tolerant attitudes toward exploitive dating behaviors at pre-test. Implications of results for the school context are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-87
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of School Violence
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Dating violence
  • Interagency collaboration
  • School violence
  • Sexual attitudes
  • Sexual behavior

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