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Real Talk Brief Intervention Study

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2016 by Boston University
U.S. Department of Justice
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston University Identifier:
First received: June 28, 2012
Last updated: December 8, 2016
Last verified: December 2016

This randomized controlled trial (RCT) study is a small scale test of the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a brief motivational interview-style intervention. The intervention will take place in the pediatric and adult emergency departments by a trained interventionist and will follow an intervention algorithm developed by a team of dating abuse and brief intervention experts. The research design is as follows: the investigators will randomize youth ages 15-19 to one of two groups: one group who receives the intervention (N=~180), and the other which does not (N=~180). The investigators will compare changes in outcomes from baseline to 6-month follow-up for those in both groups. The investigators will be looking at outcomes including dating abuse-related knowledge, attitudes about the use of violence to resolve conflict, and dating abuse behavior (perpetration and/or victimization).

Statement of study hypothesis: Youth who receive the intervention will show improvements in dating abuse-related knowledge, attitudes and behavior that are maintained for 6 months, while those in the comparison group will show no similar change.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dating Violence
Dating Abuse
Behavioral: Real Talk Intervention
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Real Talk Brief Intervention Study

Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dating abuse perpetration [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Self-reported perpetration of dating abuse, including acts such as pushing, hitting, kicking and forcing partner to have sex.

Estimated Enrollment: 360
Study Start Date: March 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control
Patients in the control group will not receive any intervention, but will receive standard care for dating abuse issues.
Experimental: Intervention
Patients in the intervention group will participate in the intervention.
Behavioral: Real Talk Intervention
This is a one session brief motivational interview-style intervention that follows a 9-step intervention algorithm. The intervention is delivered by a trained motivational interview interventionist. There are 3 booster calls up to six weeks following the intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   15 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 15-19 years old
  • English-speaking
  • Have used at least one form of physical or sexual aggression against a dating or sexual partner in the past three months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient's reason for ED visit is an acute mental health problem (e.g., suicidal ideation or attempt, severe anxiety attack)
  • Patient is a prisoner
  • Patient is determined to be potentially lethal
  • Patient attends batterer intervention classes
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01632176

Contact: Emily F Rothman, ScD (617) 414-1385

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Emily F Rothman, ScD    617-414-1385   
Contact: Jennifer K Paruk    617-414-1381   
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
U.S. Department of Justice
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD Boston University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Boston University Identifier: NCT01632176     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5K01AA017630-04 
Study First Received: June 28, 2012
Last Updated: December 8, 2016

Keywords provided by Boston University:
dating abuse
dating violence
domestic violence
sexual violence
sexual assault
youth violence
underage alcohol use
alcohol use processed this record on February 17, 2017