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A Brief Intervention

This study has been completed.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston University Identifier:
First received: June 28, 2012
Last updated: March 17, 2017
Last verified: March 2017

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 took place in the pediatric emergency departments by a trained interventionist and will followed 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 12-19 years old to one of two groups: one group who receives the intervention (N=~18), and the other which does not (N=~18). The investigators compared changes in outcomes from baseline to 1-month follow-up for those in both groups. The investigators looked 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 1 month, while those in the comparison group will show no similar change.

Condition Intervention
Dating Violence Dating Abuse Behavioral: Brief, motivational interview and one booster session

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Brief Intervention to Prevent Adolescent Dating Aggression Perpetration

Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dating abuse perpetration [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Self-reported perpetration of dating abuse, including acts such as pushing, hitting, kicking and forcing partner to have sex.

Enrollment: 36
Actual Study Start Date: July 2012
Study Completion Date: May 2014
Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Standard of care
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 brief, motivational interview and one booster session to prevent adolescent dating abuse.
Behavioral: Brief, motivational interview and one booster session
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 is one booster call 10 days after 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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01632176

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
K01AA017630 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: June 28, 2012
Last Updated: March 17, 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

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 September 21, 2017