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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
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First received: June 28, 2012
Last updated: December 8, 2016
Last verified: December 2016

June 28, 2012
December 8, 2016
March 2014
July 2017   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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.
Dating abuse-related knowledge [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
Knowledge about which dating behaviors are considered abusive and unhealthy
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01632176 on Archive Site
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Real Talk Brief Intervention Study
Real Talk Brief Intervention Study

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.

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Phase 1
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
  • Dating Violence
  • Dating Abuse
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.
  • 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.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Real Talk Intervention
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
July 2017
July 2017   (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: Emily F Rothman, ScD (617) 414-1385
United States
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Boston University
Boston University
U.S. Department of Justice
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD Boston University
Boston University
December 2016

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