Impact of a School-Based Dating Violence Prevention Program among Latino Teens: Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial

Jaycox, L. H.,
McCaffrey, D.,
Eiseman, B.,
Aronoff, J.,
Shelley, G. A.,
Collins, R. L.,
Marshall, G. N.
Published: November, 2006
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of Adolescent Health
Volume: 39

Issue: 5

These authors evaluated Ending Violence: A Curriculum for Educating Teens on Domestic Violence and the Law for its impact on Latino/a youth. Developed by Break the Cycle, Ending Violence is a brief (three class periods), school-based prevention program focused on legal aspects of dating violence. Tracks within large urban high schools that had at least 80 percent Latino/a students were randomized to immediate or delayed curriculum. Classrooms were randomly selected within tracks, and individual student outcomes were assessed pre- and postintervention and 6 months later. Students in intervention classrooms showed improved knowledge, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, enhanced perceptions of assistance sources, and greater likelihood of seeking help immediately after the program. Improved knowledge and perceived helpfulness of an attorney were maintained six months later. There were no differences in recent abusive/fearful dating experiences or violence victimization or perpetration. Findings suggest that the Ending Violence curriculum may have some benefits for dating violence among Latino/a students. Modified Author Abstract.

Correspondence to: Lisa H. Jaycox, RAND Corporation, 1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202; E-mail:, Website:
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