School based program to prevent dating violence
Youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood.
The young person can be a victim, an offender, or a witness to the violence.
The 4th R, an interactive classroom curriculum for ninth-grade students, aims to reduce youth dating violence by addressing youth violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behavior, and substance use.
Researchers found that the rate of physical dating violence for a random sample of Canadian students who participated in the curriculum was significantly lower than the control group (9.8 percent versus 7.4 percent).
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.
Classrooms were randomly selected within tracks and individual student outcomes were assessed pre- and postintervention and six months later.Youth violence includes aggressive, violent, disruptive and problem behaviors, among others.