Cycle of teenage dating violence
During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships with others, and it is therefore an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of teen dating violence that can last into adulthood.
This cycle has three parts: This cycle continues over and over, and may help explain why victims stay in abusive relationships.
The project educates youth about gender-based violence, and helps them to develop skills and social actions such as personal responsibility, communication, and community participation.
An experimental study that randomly assigned 14- to 16-year-olds from child protective services to control or to the Youth Relationship Project curriculum found that the intervention was effective in reducing incidents of physical and emotional abuse and symptoms of emotional distress over time for the youth in the intervention.
Researchers found that the rate of physical dating violence for a random sample of Canadian students who participated in the curriculum was significantly lower than the control group (9.8 percent versus 7.4 percent).
Significance wasn’t maintained for those who had been dating in the previous year.