adolescents

At-school victimization and violence exposure assessed in a national household survey of children and youth.

Summary: The purpose of this study was to explore victimization of youth at school. Through the use of a national telephone survey, the study sampled 3,391 youth, ages 5 to 17. The study had three main goals: to explore the types of victimization youth had experienced within the last year and compared victimizations that occurred in school to those that occurred out of school; to identify risk factors of youth who experienced higher rates of victimization and; to examine the consequences of victimization for those youth.

Teen dating violence prevention: Cluster-randomized trial of Teen Choices, an online, stage-based program for healthy, nonviolent relationships.

Summary: Twenty high schools in Rhode Island were chosen to participate in the study.  A total of 2,000 students participated in the intervention and a total of 1,901 participated in the control group.  The intervention group participated in an online teen dating violence prevention program entitled, Teen Choices.  The lessons included text, images, video, and audio.  The lessons were also tailored specifically to each user based on their pretest responses.

Implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, school-wide bullying prevention program in an urban/suburban middle school.

This study evaluated the impact the OBPP on the frequency of bullying behaviors, school climate, and student’s perceived sense of safety at an urban/suburban, Catholic 7th and 8th grade middle school. Following the intervention, students reported a 34.4% decrease in reports of being excluded and a 31.1% decrease in reports of being bullied. Teachers reported a 48.8% increase in having observed bullying more frequently and 46.5% increase in talking with students who bullied others. Seventh grade females responded more positively following the intervention than other grade or gender cohorts.

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