Adolescent dating violence prevention program for early adolescents: The Me & You randomized controlled trial, 2014-2015

Melissa F. Peskin, Christine M. Markham, Ross Shegog, Elizabeth R. Baumler, Robert C. Addy, Jeff R. Temple, Belinda Hernandez, Paula M. Cuccaro, Melanie A. Thiel, Efrat K. Gabay, Susan R. Tortolero Emery

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Abstract

Objectives. To test the efficacy of Me & You, a multilevel technology-enhanced adolescent dating violence (DV) intervention, in reducing DV perpetration and victimization among ethnic-minority early adolescent youths. We assessed secondary impact for specific DV types and psychosocial outcomes. Methods. We conducted a group-randomized controlled trial of 10 middle schools from a large urban school district in Southeast Texas in 2014 to 2015. We used multilevel regression modeling; the final analytic sample comprised 709 sixth-grade students followed for 1 year. Results. Among the total sample, odds of DV perpetration were lower among intervention students than among control students (adjusted odds ratio = 0.46; 95% confidence interval = 0.28, 0.74). Odds of DV victimization were not significantly different. There were significant effects on some specific DV types. Conclusions. Me & You is effective in reducing DV perpetration and decreasing some forms of DV victimization in early middle-school ethnic-minority students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1419-1428
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume109
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Peskin, M. F., Markham, C. M., Shegog, R., Baumler, E. R., Addy, R. C., Temple, J. R., Hernandez, B., Cuccaro, P. M., Thiel, M. A., Gabay, E. K., & Tortolero Emery, S. R. (2019). Adolescent dating violence prevention program for early adolescents: The Me & You randomized controlled trial, 2014-2015. American Journal of Public Health, 109(10), 1419-1428. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305218