A school based program to prevent adolescent dating violence
The program consists of three 7-session units: Personal Safety and Injury Prevention, Healthy Growth and Sexuality and Substance Use and Abuse.Often dating violence prevention efforts are conducted in is0lation from other prevention efforts – the experience in implementing the Fourth R suggests the value of integrating sexual violence and dating violence with other issues.The program follows a Community Guide recommendation for universal school-based interventions, including approaches to reduce disruptive or antisocial behavior in younger students and approaches to reduce dating violence, bullying, and general violence in older students.This evidence-based approach is both age appropriate and easy for students to understand. wanted to create a program using evidence-based prevention techniques that could be used nationwide.Secondary outcomes were physical peer violence, substance use, and condom use. RESULTS: The PDV was greater in control vs intervention students (9.8% vs 7.4%; adjusted odds ratio, 2.42; 95% confidence interval, 1.00-6.02; P = .05).A significant group x sex interaction effect indicated that the intervention effect was greater in boys (PDV: 7.1% in controls vs 2.7% in intervention students) than in girls (12.1% vs 11.9%).A school-based program to prevent adolescent dating violence: a cluster randomized trial.The Fourth R is described on its web site as “comprehensive school-based program designed to include students, teachers, parents, and the community in reducing violence and risk behaviours.” The 21 session classroom curriculum are lead by teachers and includes training for teachers and outreach to parents.
Intervention A 21-lesson curriculum delivered during 28 hours by teachers with additional training in the dynamics of dating violence and healthy relationships.
Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2009; 163(8): 692-9.
DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.69 PMID: 19652099 (Copyright © 2009, American Medical Association) OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an interactive curriculum that integrates dating violence prevention with lessons on healthy relationships, sexual health, and substance use reduces physical dating violence (PDV).
Dating violence prevention was integrated with core lessons about healthy relationships, sexual health, and substance use prevention using interactive exercises.
Relationship skills to promote safer decision making with peers and dating partners were emphasized.A Kentucky-based youth violence prevention program used universal school-based interventions recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force as the foundation for a state-wide campaign to reduce and prevent youth violence.After reaching thousands of teens across Kentucky, the program plans to expand nationwide and offer evidence-based, tailored approaches for teaching violence prevention.“We do have an instructor manual when we go into the schools that’s a little more tailored to the community.