Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions teen dating violence, healthy dating relationship behaviors
Treatments dating matters comprehensive approach, standard of care safe dates approach
Sponsor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Collaborator NORC at the University of Chicago
Start date August 2012
End date June 2021
Trial size 10000 participants
Trial identifier NCT01672541, CDC-NCIPC-6161

Summary

The Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative intends to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among adolescents living in high-risk, urban communities. CDC has developed a comprehensive approach to promoting respectful, non-violent relationships based on current evidence based and evidence informed strategies. This comprehensive approach includes: school-based curricula for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students; separate parent programs for parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students; a communications campaign involving social media and near-peer brand ambassadors; an online training about dating violence for educators; policy assessment at the school or community level; and development and validation of school and community level indicators of teen dating violence. Additionally, schools assigned to the comprehensive condition will also receive intensive training and technical assistance to support implementation of these components. Among 4 U.S. sites, 44 schools will be randomly assigned to implement either the Dating Matters comprehensive approach or the "standard of care" approach, which we are operationalizing as Safe Dates, a an evidence based student curriculum for 8th graders. We hypothesize that the comprehensive approach will be more effective than the standard approach at preventing the perpetration and victimization of teen dating violence over time and at promoting positive relationship behaviors over time.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Experimental)
Schools randomly assigned to the comprehensive approach will: implement 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student curricula in English to all the students in these grades; offer parent programs for parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders;implement a communications campaign involving brand ambassadors, a text message campaign, and social media campaign;encourage all educators to take an online training about teen dating violence for educators;be supported in assessing and informing local school or community policies relevant to teen dating violence.
dating matters comprehensive approach
The Dating Matters Comprehensive Approach includes: 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Student Curricula; Parent Programs for parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders; A communications campaign involving brand ambassadors, a text message campaign, and social media campaign; An online training about teen dating violence for educators; Developmental component: A guidance document for sites on assessing and informing local policies relevant to teen dating violence for comprehensive schools (likely to be substantial cross and within site variation on this component)
(Active Comparator)
Schools randomly assigned to the standard of care approach will implement Safe Dates as it is published in their schools 8th grade classes.
standard of care safe dates approach
Safe Dates curriculum for 8th grade students

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Perpetration of dating violence
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Victimization of dating violence
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Engagement in healthy relationship behaviors
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Attitudes toward the acceptability of dating violence
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Knowledge about teen dating violence
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Attitudes toward gender roles
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Knowledge Regarding Available Resources
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Positive parenting behaviors
time frame: 2 times per year, for up to 6 years
Perpetration of sexual harassment
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Victimization of sexual harassment
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
School climate
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Engagement in risky behaviors
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Student mental health
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Student prosocial behaivor
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years
Parental attitudes toward and rules about dating
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 3 years
Parent-child communication about risk behaviors
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 3 years
Parent relationship quality
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 3 years
Parent engagement in Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 3 years
Dating Violence and sexual harassment visibility in school
time frame: 2 times per year first year, 1 time per year for 3 more years
Educator ability to address teen dating violence
time frame: 2 times per year first year, 1 time per year for 3 more years
Issues faced by youth
time frame: 2 times per year first year, 1 time per year for 3 more years
Parent ability to detect TDV
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 3 years
Exposure to the communications campaign
time frame: 2 times per year for up to 6 years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants of any age.

Inclusion Criteria: - Students, parents, and educators at the schools identified for participation in the study Exclusion Criteria: - Students and educators must be able to participate in interventions and complete surveys in English: Parents must be able to participate in interventions and complete surveys in English or Spanish. Those not able to do this due to languages spoken will be excluded.

Additional Information

Official title Randomized Controlled Trial of the "Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships" Comprehensive Approach
Principal investigator Phyllis H Niolon, Ph.D.
Description Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative is intended to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among adolescents living in high-risk, urban communities. The objective of this project is to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive approach to promoting respectful, nonviolent teen dating relationships by utilizing current evidence-based practice and experience. The focus on high-risk, urban communities is predicated on data that suggest that the prevalence of dating violence among middle school students is higher in urban communities (O'Leary & Slep, in press). Moreover, this project aims to fill a gap in our understanding of teen dating violence (TDV) prevention because existing effective TDV prevention programs have not been identified for these high-risk settings. CDC's comprehensive approach, the Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative, includes components at multiple ecological domains, individual level, family-level and broader school/community level. Specifically, the initiative includes: (1) school-based implementation of a CDC-developed healthy relationship curriculum in the 6th and 7th grade and an adaptation of an evidence based TDV curriculum (Safe Dates) in the 8th grade; (2) implementation of a 6th (Parents Matter with added TDV content), 7th (CDC developed), and 8th (Families for Safe Dates) grade parent-curriculum; (3) an on-going communications campaign implemented throughout the initiative, which includes a Brand Ambassador adolescent program; (4) educator completion of an online training on the risk factors and warning signs of TDV; (5) policy assessment and information at a school or community level; and, (6) development and validation of school and community-level indicators of TDV. In addition to these components, the schools implementing Dating Matters will also receive additional training and technical assistance in adapting these programs with surface level adaptations to make them more culturally relevant to their specific populations. CDC is funding the local, city, or county public health departments in Chicago, Illinois, Alameda County (Oakland), California, Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland to implement the two models of TDV prevention that will be evaluated in the outcome and implementation evaluation: the comprehensive Dating Matters initiative and the standard of care model, which is Safe Dates implemented in 8th grade. These health departments collectively have identified 44 schools in high-risk urban communities; we have randomly assigned half the schools to implement the comprehensive model with intensive technical assistance and half to implement the standard of care model with basic technical assistance. These sites were awarded September 13, 2011. The purpose of the trial is to determine the effectiveness of the comprehensive approach (Dating Matters) compared with standard practice in TDV prevention (Safe Dates only implemented in 8th grade). Outcome measures for determining effectiveness will be derived primarily from surveys with students, parents, and school educators. However, in addition to surveys, we will also be conducting focus groups with students, curriculum implementers, and brand ambassasors, as well as surveys with brand ambassadors, as sources of process, rather than outcome, measures. These process measures may be used to improve program fidelity, improve program components, or as factors in outcome analyses.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
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