A Brief Intervention
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.
|Dating Violence Dating Abuse||Behavioral: Brief, motivational interview and one booster session|
|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|
- 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.
|Actual Study Start Date:||July 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: Standard of care
Patients in the control group will not receive any intervention, but will receive standard care for dating abuse issues.
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/
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01632176
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Boston Medical Center|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118|
|Principal Investigator:||Emily F Rothman, ScD||Boston University|