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Violence in Teen Dating Relationships
Evaluation of a Large Scale Primary Prevention Program
Marlies Sudermann, Ph.D., C.Psych. and Peter Jaffe, Ph.D., C.Psych. (1993)
Violence in adolescent dating relationships is a large-scale problem, and may result in long-term trauma and psychological sequelae for victims. Also, violence in dating relationships may be viewed as a precursor of violence in adult relationships. A recent Canadian study of high school students indicated that fully 24% of female students had become victims of forced intercourse by Grade 12 (Mercer, 1988). A large-scale United States survey of a college population found that 25% of female students had been victims of rape or attempted rape (Koss, Gidycz & Wisniewski, 1987). While there has been less study of verbal and physical abuse in the context of teen dating relationships, experience in previous prevention programs (Jaffe, Sudermann, Reitzel & Killip, 1992) indicated that these are also important issues to address.
This paper reports the results of an evaluation of a primary prevention programme for violence in dating relationships. Data on incidence of verbal, physical and sexual violence in dating relationships was collected. Attitudes, beliefs and behavioural intentions with respect to dating violence and violence in relationships were measured on 1,547 students before and after a large-scale school-based primary prevention programme.
A half-day intervention designed to address prevention of violence in intimate relationships, particularly dating relationships, was conducted in two London, Ontario, secondary schools. Planning for the programme was coordinated by an administrator and student peer support in each school. Junior students (Grades 9 and 10) attended an auditorium programme on dating violence followed by classroom discussions. Senior students (Grades 11 to OAC) chose two workshops offered by community presenters.
Student Experiences of Dating Violence (Post-Test)
Knowledge About Violence in Intimate Relationships
Attitudes About Violence in Intimate Relationships
Attitudes About Forced Intercourse
Role of Schools in Violence Prevention
by Linda Baker, Anna-Lee Straatman, and Cindy Male. A resource funded by Ontario's Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services. Many student reports some form of violence in their dating relationships, either as a victim or a perpetrator. Yet, the existence and impact of dating violence is often under-recognized and minimized both by young people and the adults who could offer support. This SIGMA booklet includes information on healthy and unhealthy adolescent relationships, the warning signs of dating violence, why it is difficult to leave an abusive relationship, and intervention strategies.
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