A Brief Intervention

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 2, 2012
Last Update Posted : March 20, 2017
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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Boston University

June 28, 2012
July 2, 2012
March 20, 2017
July 2012
January 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.
Dating abuse-related knowledge [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
Knowledge about which dating behaviors are considered abusive and unhealthy
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A Brief Intervention
A Brief Intervention to Prevent Adolescent Dating Aggression Perpetration

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.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Dating Violence
  • 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/
  • 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.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Brief, motivational interview and one booster session
Rothman EF, Wang N. A feasibility test of a brief motivational interview intervention to reduce dating abuse perpetration in a hospital setting. Psychol Violence. 2016 Jul;6(3):433-441. Epub 2016 Mar 24.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
May 2014
January 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
15 Years to 19 Years   (Child, Adult)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
5K01AA017630-04( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
K01AA017630 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Plan to Share IPD: No
Boston University
Boston University
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD Boston University
Boston University
March 2017

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