A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Interventions Aimed to Prevent or Reduce Violence in Teen Dating Relationships

De La Rue, L.,
Polanin, J. R.,
Espelage, D. L.,
Pigott, T. D.
Published: Electronically published in 2016
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Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Review of Educational Research

Dating violence in teen relationships has a significant impact on young people’s mental and physical health. This review provides a quantitative synthesis of empirical evaluations of school-based programs implemented in middle and high schools to prevent or reduce incidents of dating violence. After a systematic search and screening procedure, the authors conducted a meta-analysis of 23 studies that met the inclusion criteria. Results indicate that school-based programs have a significant effect on dating violence knowledge and attitudes. However, results of the perpetration and victimization analyses indicate that programs are not affecting these behaviors to a significant extent. While these findings are encouraging, the authors say, they also highlight the need for modifications to dating violence prevention programs. They suggest that future interventions incorporate a skill-building component to modify behavior and develop competencies. Modified Author Abstract.

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