Elizabeth Miller of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
“Young people live in social networks that are nested within schools and communities,” Miller, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.
Compared to students in schools with just standard prevention, youth at schools that used the comprehensive Dating Matters program were 8.3% less likely to perpetrate teen violence, 9.8% less likely to be victims and 5.5% less likely to use negative conflict resolution strategies, the study found.
“This study shows that teaching young people the skills they need to engage in respectful, healthy relationships makes it less likely that they will perpetrate or be victims of dating violence,” said lead study author Phyllis Holditch Niolon of the CDC.
“This is a novel and critical part of prevention since parents and teachers, along with peers, have significant influence on the behaviors in which youth engage,” Edwards, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.Contact us if you experience any difficulty logging in.(Reuters Health) - Middle schools that offer a comprehensive dating violence prevention program in every grade may have fewer youth involved in abusive relationships, a U. For the current study, researchers randomly assigned students at 46 middle schools to participate in three years of dating violence prevention programs for teens, parents and teachers or to receive only standard prevention classes in eighth grade.Communication is key to exercising mutual respect, establishing healthy boundaries and understanding each other’s needs.Unfortunately, as teens form their first romantic relationships, they often are unclear about what constitutes a healthy relationship.