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Domestic Abuse Prevention for Ninth Graders

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Objective: The aims of this project were to: (1) introduce a domestic abuse prevention presentation led by family services' staff members at an economically disadvantaged urban public high school where none was offered; (2) determine if the presentation improved student domestic abuse knowledge; and (3) assess stakeholder perceptions of the presentation to provide a sustainable program for ninth graders. Methods: The sample population was 243 ninth-grade students (191 boys) taking a health class. Data assessing student knowledge were collected by a preand post-survey. The CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health captured stakeholder perceptions of the presentation. Results: Findings from the preand post-surveys showed increases in ninth-grade boys' knowledge with statistically significant improvements in 3 of the 8 questions. Stakeholder feedback was limited but generally positive, with a suggestion to include upper-level classes. Conclusions: Findings indicated these presentations could increase ninth graders' knowledge of healthy relationships. Stakeholders viewed it positively, but the implementation of a sustainable domestic abuse program was not possible due to financial constraints and stakeholder turnover.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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