ERIC Number: EJ1092397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Pilot Investigation of the Katie Brown Educational Program: A School-Community Partnership
Joppa, Meredith C.; Rizzo, Christie J.; Nieves, Amethys V.; Brown, Larry K.
Journal of School Health, v86 n4 p288-297 Apr 2016
Background: Schools in the United States are increasingly being urged to address the problem of adolescent dating violence (DV) with their students. Given the limited time available to implement prevention programming during the school day, brief programs are needed. The purpose of this study was to test the efficacy of a widely disseminated, brief community-based DV prevention program in partnership with a nonprofit community agency. Methods: We conducted a randomized waitlist control trial of a 5-session DV prevention program (active condition) compared to health class as usual (waitlist control condition). Participants were 225 10th-grade students with a recent dating history in a large public school in New England. Surveys were administered at baseline, end of program, and 3 months postintervention. Results: After completing the program, students in the active condition reported significantly lower approval of aggression, healthier dating attitudes, and more DV knowledge. These effects were sustained at 3-month follow-up. In addition, students in the active condition reported significantly less emotional/verbal and total DV perpetration and victimization at 3-month follow-up. Conclusions: These findings suggest that a brief, community-based DV prevention curriculum can promote change in behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge among high school students.
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Pilot Projects, Prevention, Grade 10, Dating (Social), Violence, Victims of Crime, Student Attitudes, Followup Studies, Behavior Change, High School Students, Adolescents, Public Schools, Student Surveys, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Secondary Education; High Schools
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: T32MH078788