These teens also had high rates of exposure to bullying, sexual harassment and peer aggression, as both victims and perpetrators.Overall, the mothers and youth reported that they enjoyed the booklets and found them helpful and informative.The curriculum further addresses the development of pro-social skills such as empathy, impulse control, effective communication, problem solving, and bystander accountability. It was also selected as the relationship-violence curriculum for the ‘Life Skills for the 21st Century’ curriculum of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
requires school districts to adopt and implement a policy prohibiting dating violence and abuse by any student on school property, during a school sponsored activity, or during school-sponsored transportation, and providing procedures for responding to such incidents of dating violence or abuse, including accommodations for students experiencing dating violence or abuse.
Abuse may include insults, coercion, social sabotage, sexual harassment, stalking, threats and/or acts of physical or sexual abuse.
The researchers noted that the classroom-level intervention alone was not effective in improving these outcomes.
In addition, students in the school-level intervention were more likely to intend to intervene as bystanders if they witnessed abusive behavior between their peers.
The girls were assigned randomly to receive one of two curriculums: A third group of 42 girls were enrolled in the study but did not participate in a curriculum intervention.
Overall, the girls reported positive experiences about participating in a curriculum. Scott Huebner, "Severe Dating Violence and Quality of Life Among South Carolina High School Students," 19 (November 2000): 220-227.
Adolescents who are maltreated and become involved in the child welfare system are at risk for being revictimized by romantic partners. To better understand how to prevent revictimization among this high-risk group, NIJ funded a study to evaluate the effectiveness of two prevention curriculums.
The study focused on girls because they sometimes face more serious consequences of dating violence (e.g., injuries, pregnancy) than boys do., Participants included 176 adolescent girls involved in child welfare services.
Curriculum Summary In order to help youth develop and maintain healthy, violence-free relationships, Peace Over Violence has been implementing the In Touch With Teens Violence Prevention curriculum in junior high and high schools and other community based youth organizations.