Impact of a School-Based Dating Violence Prevention Program Among Latino Teens

Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial

Published in: Journal of Adolescent Health, v. 39, no. 5, Nov. 2006, p. 694-704

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Lisa H. Jaycox, Daniel F. McCaffrey, Elizabeth Eiseman, Jessica Aronoff, Gene A. Shelley, Rebecca L. Collins, Grant N. Marshall

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PURPOSE: Given the high rate of dating violence between teens and associated deleterious outcomes, the need for effective prevention and early intervention programs is clear. Break the Cycle's Ending Violence curriculum, a three-class-session prevention program focused on legal issues, is evaluated here for its impact on Latino/a youth. METHODS: Tracks within large urban high schools that had at least 80% 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 six months later. RESULTS: Students in intervention classrooms showed improved knowledge, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, and enhanced perception of the helpfulness and likelihood of seeking assistance from a number of sources 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. CONCLUSIONS: The Ending Violence curriculum has an impact on teen norms, knowledge, and help-seeking proclivities that may aid in early intervention for dating violence among Latino/a students.

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