A pilot study of a teen dating violence prevention program with Karen refugees.

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While teen dating violence (TDV) prevention programs generally report changes in participants’ attitudes and mixed findings about changes in behavior, little is known about the impact of TDV programs on ethnic minority youth. This study examined the effectiveness of Safe Dates, an evidence-based TDV prevention program, in educating 21 resettled Karen refugee youth from Burma. Findings indicated changes in attitudes toward violence occurred from pretest to follow-up. Years living in the United States was significantly related to pretest and posttest attitudes. More research about TDV is needed among Karen youth with attention given to the role of acculturation on TDV attitudes.

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Ravi, K. E., Black, B. M., Mitschke, D. B., & Pearson, K. (2019). A pilot study of a teen dating violence prevention program with Karen refugees. Violence against women, 25(7), 792-816.

About This Study:

Intervention(s): Group
Intervention Duration: 9 sessions
Relevant ORR Program: Ethnic Community Self-Help Program, Preferred Communities, Refugee Health Promotion, Refugee Support Services, Youth Mentoring
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Free
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Adolescents and/or Youth
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: Asia - South

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