The Need for School-Based Teen Dating Violence Prevention

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Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk, ISSN: 2155-5834, Vol: 4, Issue: 1, Page: 4

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Temple, Jeff R; Le, Vi D; Muir, Alexandra; Goforth, Laurie; McElhany, Amy L
teen dating violence; adolescents; schools
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Schools have several competing demands, and often suffer from inefficient access to needed resources. Thus, the addition of any program into an already overtaxed school system must be met with convincing evidence that 1) a need or problem exists and is relevant to the education of students, 2) the problem is amenable to change, and 3) addressing the problem is in the best interest of educators and students. The purpose of the present paper is to present a case for inclusion of teen dating violence prevention programs in middle and high schools. We also discuss a recent survey of 219 employees of a suburban school district in southeast Texas. Specifically, we examined their perceived need for and appropriateness of a school-based dating violence prevention program. The anonymous internet-based survey revealed that a majority of participants believed that teen dating violence was a problem, 19% reported having observed an instance of teen dating violence, and 82% believed school to be an appropriate outlet for the implementation of a dating violence prevention program.