Teen Dating Violence Policy: An Analysis of Teen Dating Violence Prevention Policy and Programming

Shannon Guillot-Wright, Yu Lu, Elizabeth D. Torres, Arlene Macdonald, Jeff R. Temple

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Teen dating violence (TDV) is a public health concern that can lead to long-term mental and physical health consequences, such as depression, anxiety, risky behaviors, and unhealthy adult relationships. In the USA, over 20 states have laws requiring school districts or public health districts to incorporate a TDV prevention program, yet districts are given little to no direction or resources to implement these programs. This chapter examines TDV prevention education legislation in Texas as well as a subset of school districts that implemented TDV programs. Based on a mixed-methods approach, a research methodology for collecting, analyzing, and integrating quantitative and qualitative data, researchers found that students and teachers were generally positive about TDV prevention programs. The mixed-methods study was grounded in a community-based participatory research approach and included semi-structured interviews, focus groups, survey data, and discourse analysis. Results also showed that although TDV prevention programs are liked generally, there was a focus on individual prevention at the expense of understanding the structural foundations of TDV. The chapter concludes with a recommendation that TDV prevention education and legislation take individual and structural factors at the family, school, and community level into account.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Across the Lifespan
Subtitle of host publicationA Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV)
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319899992
ISBN (Print)9783319899985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Legislation
  • Policy
  • Prevention
  • Risk factors
  • School-based
  • Teen dating violence (TDV)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine


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