For students involved in an unhealthy or unsafe dating relationship, there is a fifth intervention track focusing on keeping oneself safe in relationships. For all students who have experienced dating or peer violence or abuse, the program encourages help-seeking. Teen Choices, an online stage-based program for healthy, non-violent relationships: Development and feasibility trial. While it may seem easier to let your teen shake you loose, hang on. Right now, your teen is forming relationships that set the stage for future relationships.Given that 1 in 5 high schoolers experience dating violence, you’ll want to be sure you do your part to help your child understand what a healthy relationship feels and looks like.And if your teen won’t talk to you, they can reach out to loveisrespect, the national teen dating abuse hotline. Print and share the Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Teen Safety palm card so teens can evaluate their relationship and identify the signs of abuse.If your teen is experiencing abuse online, have them visit and take an interactive test on what is cool or not cool in a relationship. This month, join our upcoming events to learn more about how this issue affects teens and the programs available to support teens.Take part in the social media efforts at #teen DVAM to promote healthy relationships for teens.
To find out how teens are mobilizing in your community, please contact your state domestic violence coalition. Or they can call the 24/7/365 hotline at 1-866-331-9474.
In a cluster randomized trial (Levesque, Johnson, Welch, Prochaska, & Paiva, 2016) involving 3902 students from 20 high schools, the Teen Choices program was found effective in increasing use of healthy relationship skills and reducing dating and peer violence at 12 months follow-up.
Teen dating violence prevention: Cluster-randomized trial of Teen Choices, an online, stage-based program for healthy, non-violent relationships.
Student evaluations of the program were very positive.
For example, 89% of students agreed that the program feedback was easy to understand, and 87% agreed that the program could help people develop healthier relationship (Levesque, Johnson, & Prochaska, 2016).