Underage Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Perpetration

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified July 2012 by Boston University.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: June 28, 2012
Last updated: July 3, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

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 16-21 to one of two groups: one group who receives the intervention (N=~40), and the other which does not (N=~40). The investigators will compare changes in outcomes from baseline to 3-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), including alcohol-related dating abuse perpetration.

Statement of study hypothesis: Those youth who participate in the brief motivational interview-style intervention will report less dating abuse perpetration at the 3-month follow-up than those in the control group.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dating Violence
Dating Abuse
Alcohol Use
Behavioral: Reducing Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Among Youth (READY)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Underage Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Perpetration

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Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dating abuse perpetration [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Self-reported perpetration of dating abuse, including acts such as pushing, hitting, kicking and forcing partner to have sex.

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: July 2012
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: Reducing Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Among Youth (READY)
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 a 10 day booster call following the intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 21 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 16-21 years old
  • English-speaking
  • Consumed one whole drink of alcohol in past month
  • Have used at least one form of verbal, 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
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01632176

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Emily F Rothman, ScD    617-414-1385    erothman@bu.edu   
Contact: Allyson Baughman, MPH    617-414-1374    allysonb@bu.edu   
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01632176     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5K01AA017630-04
Study First Received: June 28, 2012
Last Updated: July 3, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Data and Safety Monitoring Board

Keywords provided by Boston University:
dating abuse
dating violence
domestic violence
sexual violence
sexual assault
youth violence
underage alcohol use
alcohol use

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Anti-Infective Agents
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Central Nervous System Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses

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