Dating violence prevention in schools
When giving help, teens would also benefit from a better understanding of how to aid others in an abusive relationship.
The surveys and focus groups showed that teens are less likely to intervene in dating violence situations if they know the perpetrator.
Survey results also showed that teens who experience or witness aggression in their family life and among peers hold less negative attitudes about dating violence, so finding opportunities for reducing aggression in teens’ daily lives may be helpful.
All of the school populations had more than 80 percent Latino students.Students responded using a 5-point scale — rating a particular source’s helpfulness from zero (“not at all helpful”) to four (“extremely helpful”), and rating the likelihood of talking to that source from “not at all likely” to talk to the source (zero) to “extremely likely” to talk to the source (four) — see the figure.Notably, teens expressed positive views about the helpfulness of police, teachers, priests, and lawyers, but those views did not translate into a corresponding likelihood that they would turn to these sources for help if needed.Jaycox LH, Mc Caffrey D, Eiseman E, Aronoff J, Shelley GA, Collins RL, and Marshall GN, “Impact of a School-Based Dating Violence Prevention Program Among Latino Teens: A Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial,” , Vol. Ocampo BW, Shelley G, and Jaycox LH, “Latino Teens Talk About Help-Seeking and Help-Giving in Relation to Dating Violence,” , Atlanta, Ga.: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, in press.Jaycox LH, Mc Caffrey DF, Ocampo BW, Shelley GA, Blake SM, Peterson DJ, Richmond LS, and Kub JE, “Challenges in the Evaluation and Implementation of School-Based Prevention and Intervention Programs on Sensitive Topics,” This publication was supported by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC: US4/CCU918991).