The girls were assigned randomly to receive one of two curriculums: A third group of 42 girls were enrolled in the study but did not participate in a curriculum intervention. Overall, the girls reported positive experiences about participating in a curriculum. Scott Huebner, "Severe Dating Violence and Quality of Life Among South Carolina High School Students," 19 (November 2000): 220-227. The researchers adjusted the protocol recruitment strategies, data collection procedures, measures, and program administration, and eliminated the follow-up calls from the health educator.They also determined that the intervention was reaching the high-risk group: teens who had been exposed to an average of seven years of domestic violence and had high rates of dating violence compared with national averages.Adolescents who are maltreated and become involved in the child welfare system are at risk for being revictimized by romantic partners. To better understand how to prevent revictimization among this high-risk group, NIJ funded a study to evaluate the effectiveness of two prevention curriculums.The study focused on girls because they sometimes face more serious consequences of dating violence (e.g., injuries, pregnancy) than boys do., Participants included 176 adolescent girls involved in child welfare services.The researchers noted that the classroom-level intervention alone was not effective in improving these outcomes.In addition, students in the school-level intervention were more likely to intend to intervene as bystanders if they witnessed abusive behavior between their peers.
focuses on 11– to 14–year–olds in high-risk, urban communities.
The study found no significant differences in revictimization rates for girls who completed the social learning/feminist curriculum compared with those who completed the risk detection/executive functioning curriculum.