Messages from the curricula and training will be reinforced with communication strategies, such as social marketing and networking strategies and message promotion through influential, slightly older youth who serve as brand ambassadors.).
In particular, the initiative employs a high dose of TDV prevention by implementing universal prevention strategies throughout middle school, by involving youth, parents, and educators, and by reinforcing these strategies with communications strategies and policy.
Building the capacity of local public health departments is a step toward developing a national prevention system through which evidence-based violence prevention can be disseminated.
Surveillance is a cornerstone of public health prevention, but due to the dearth of information about community level indicators of TDV, tracking TDV without administering youth surveys currently is not possible.
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Risk behaviors may have common influences, including fundamental problems with how youth interact in relationships and how parents communicate with youth about healthy relationships.
The promotion of healthy relationships in early adolescence represents a critical element of TDV prevention.
The teen years are a malleable time during which healthy relationship behaviors can be learned, and preventing relationship violence early may disrupt stability across time and may ultimately prevent IPV in adulthood as well as the intergenerational transmission of violence.
To determine the maximum benefit of each prevention approach (standard vs.
) implemented in Grade 8—and a comprehensive approach, which includes implementation of prevention strategies across levels of the social ecology for youth, parents, and educators in Grades 6 to 8, in addition to policy change efforts and communications strategies.
was selected as the cornerstone of the initiative because of its demonstrated and sustained primary and secondary preventive effects on multiple forms of dating violence for boys and girls (Foshee et al.
Therefore, CDC will work with funded communities to identify and validate community level indicators for TDV, which eventually will constitute a sustainable tracking system for TDV in these communities.
Finally, to demonstrate whether the effectiveness of a comprehensive model of TDV prevention surpasses that of evidence-based, school-based curricula, CDC will direct a cluster randomized cross-site evaluation involving approximately 45 schools in Baltimore, Maryland; Ft.
has the potential to prevent the onset of TDV, which could disrupt the stability of violence across relationships and over time.