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An RCT of Dating Matters: Effects on Teen Dating Violence and Relationship Behaviors

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dc.contributor.author Niolon, Phyllis
dc.contributor.author Vivolo-Kantor, Alana
dc.contributor.author Tracy, Allison
dc.contributor.author Latzman, Natasha
dc.contributor.author Little, Todd
dc.contributor.author DeGue, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Lang, Kyle
dc.contributor.author Estefan, Lianne
dc.contributor.author Ghazarian, Sharon
dc.contributor.author McIntosh, Wendy Likamwa
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Linda, Johnson
dc.contributor.author Kuoh, Henrietta
dc.contributor.author Burton, Tessa
dc.contributor.author Fortson, Beverly
dc.contributor.author Mumford, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.author Nelson, Shannon
dc.contributor.author Joseph, Hannah
dc.contributor.author Valle, Linda Anne
dc.contributor.author Andra, Tharp
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-27T18:34:50Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-27T18:34:50Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Niolon, Phyllis; Vivolo-Kantor, Alana; Tracy, Allison, et al. (2019). An RCT of Dating Matters: Effects on Teen Dating Violence and Relationship Behaviors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine: 57(1), 13-23. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.02.022
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/1667
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Teen dating violence is a serious public health problem with few effective prevention strategies. This study examines whether the Dating Matters comprehensive prevention model, com-pared with a standard of care intervention, prevented negative relationship behaviors and promoted positive relationship behaviors. Study design: This longitudinal, cluster-RCT compared the effectiveness of Dating Matters with standard of care across middle school. Standard of care was an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention curriculum (Safe Dates) implemented in eighth grade. Setting/participants: Forty-six middle schools in high-risk urban neighborhoods in four U.S.cities were randomized. Schools lost to follow-up were replaced with new schools, which were independently randomized (71% school retention). Students were surveyed in fall and spring of sixth,seventh, and eighth grades (2012−2016). The analysis sample includes students from schools implementing Dating Matters or standard of care for>2 years who started sixth grade in the fall of2012 or 2013 and had dated (N=2,349 students, mean age 12 years, 49% female, and 55% black,non-Hispanic, 28% Hispanic, 17% other). Intervention: Dating Matters is a comprehensive, multicomponent prevention model including classroom-delivered programs for sixth to eighth graders, training for parents of sixth to eighth graders, educator training, a youth communications program, and local health department activities to assess capacity and track teen dating violence−related policy and data. Main outcome measures: Self-reported teen dating violence perpetration and victimization, use of negative conflict resolution strategies, and positive relationship skills were examined as out-comes. Imputation and analyses were conducted in 2017. Results: Latent panel models demonstrated significant program effects for three of four outcomes; Dating Matters students reported 8.43% lower teen dating violence perpetration, 9.78% lower teen dating violence victimization, and 5.52% lower use of negative conflict resolution strategies, on average across time points and cohorts, than standard of care students. There were no significant effects on positive relationship behaviors. Conclusions:Dating Matters demonstrates comparative effectiveness, through middle school, for reducing unhealthy relationship behaviors, such as teen dating violence and use of negative conflict resolution strategies, relative to the standard of care intervention (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Journal of Preventive Medicine en_US
dc.subject Randomized Control Trial en_US
dc.subject Teen Dating Violence en_US
dc.subject Teens en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject Adolescent Dating Aggression en_US
dc.subject Adolescent Relationship Abuse en_US
dc.subject Peer-on-peer Abuse en_US
dc.subject Youth Violence en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Perpetrators en_US
dc.subject Offenders en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Conflict Resolution en_US
dc.subject Relationship Skills en_US
dc.title An RCT of Dating Matters: Effects on Teen Dating Violence and Relationship Behaviors en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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