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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 feature 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 September.

Cross-Cultural Differences in Student Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence: A Systematic Review
This study reviews the research on postsecondary students’ attitudes towards intimate partner violence (IPV). This review paper took a cross-cultural approach, which means it examined differences in attitudes across different cultural groups. This research can be used by those who are developing intimate partner violence prevention programs and policymakers who are in a position to fund such programs. It highlights the need to individually develop programs for particular cultural groups, rather than taking a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Zark, L., & Satyen, L. (2021). Cross-cultural differences in student attitudes toward intimate partner violence: a systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, doi/10.1177/1524838020985565

Parents Matter: A Descriptive Study of Parental Discussions with Teens About Violence Prevention and Related Topics 
Parent-child conversations can have protective effects for youth; by having discussions with their children about violence prevention, parents can model and promote healthy attitudes and behaviours. The current study examined the extent to which parents engage in conversations with their children about violence prevention and other related topics. This research highlights the importance of building parents’ confidence in having discussions with their children about more sensitive topics, such as sexual harassment and dating violence.

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Edwards, K. M., Banyard, V. L., & Kirkner, A. (2020). Parents matter: a descriptive study of parental discussions with teens about violence prevention and related topics. Journal of interpersonal Violence.

The National Prevalence of Adolescent Dating Violence in Canada 
Violence experienced in the context of dating and/or sexual relationships is a serious problem in Canada. The results of this study suggest that ADV is a serious health problem that impacts a substantial minority of Canadian youth. 1 in 3 youth reported experiencing any physical, psychological and/or cyber ADV, and 1 in 7 reported perpetrating any physical, psychological and/or cyber ADV. The findings of this study can be helpful when creating and implementing prevention and intervention programs for ADV

Read the two-page summary here.

Full Reference: Exner-Cortens, D., Baker, E., & Craig, W., (2021). National prevalence of adolescent dating violence in Canada. Journal of Adolescent Health,