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Looking for an easy way to get caught up on the latest in teen dating violence research? Up-to-date, empirical research has a critical role to play in the practice of Teen Dating Violence intervention programs, and PREVNet aims to support ease-of-access to this research.

A number of cutting-edge research articles have been selected for their direct applicability to our Community of Practice projects, and two-page snapshots have been generated from each article. Each month, we’ll feature four of these plain-language summaries in a blog post. Whether you are a part of PREVNet’s Community of Practice Addressing Youth Dating Violence, or a parent, caregiver, or educator, these research snapshots will provide you with the crucial information needed for teen dating violence awareness and intervention.

You can view all of our research snapshots here, or keep reading to see the featured articles for August.

Teen Dating Violence Help-Seeking Intentions and Behaviours Among Ethnically and Racially Diverse Youth: A Systematic Review
This study examines the research on dating violence and help seeking intentions and behaviours among racially and ethnically diverse adolescents. The research found that youth rely on informal sources of support, preferring to seek help from parents and friends. Researchers and program developers can use this research to help familiarize themselves with the barriers to help-seeking intentions and behaviours that should be addressed among ethnically and racially diverse youth.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Padilla-Medina, D. M., Williams, J. R., Ravi, K., Ombayo, B., & Black, B. M. (2021). Teen dating violence help-seeking intentions and behaviors among ethnically and racially diverse youth: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Does Gottman’s Marital Communication Conceptualization Inform Teen Dating Violence: Communication Skill Deficits Analyzed Across Three Samples of Diverse Adolescents
This study examines the relationship between communication behaviours and teen dating violence using Gottman’s marital communication conceptualization, a method used to identify positive and negative communication behaviours. The findings from this study could help inform the development of skill-building modules (such as communication skills) in teen dating violence prevention programs.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Rueda, H.A., Yndo, M. Williams, L.R., & Shorey, R.C. (2018). Does Gottman’s marital communication conceptualization inform teen dating violence? Communication skill deficits analyzed across three samples of diverse adolescents. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36 (11-12).

African American Girls’ Ideal Dating Relationship Now and in the Future 
This study investigates adolescent African American girls’ preferences in current and future romantic relationships in order to understand their ideas about healthy relationships and factors that may influence their dating behaviours. This study identifies areas that researchers could focus on when developing initiatives to promote healthy relationships and prevent teen dating violence.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Debnam, K. J., Howard, D. E., Garza, M. A., & Green, K. M. (2017). African American girls’ ideal dating relationship now and in the future. Youth & Society, 49(3), 271-294

Ethical Issues in Surveys about Children’s Exposure to Violence and Sexual Abuse
This book chapter explores some of the major ethical issues that arise when conducting research with children and youth victimization and sexual abuse. Researchers can use this chapter to guide their study designs. The chapter raises questions that can help researchers thoughtfully consider ways to minimize harm and maximize benefits in their work, while also expanding available knowledge in the field about effective ethical procedures.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Finkelhor, D., Hamby, S., Turner, H., & Walsh, W. (2016). Ethical issues in surveys about children’s exposure to violence and sexual abuse. In C. A. Cuevas & C. M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook on the Psychology of Violence (pp. 24–48). Wiley Blackwell.