225472 Evaluation of the Green Dot bystanding intervention program in Kentucky high schools

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Patricia Cook-Craig, BSW PhD , Social Services, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Emily R. Clear, MPH, CHES , Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Andra Teten, PhD , National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Alana Vivolo, MPH, CHES , Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Bonnie Fisher, PhD , Department of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Corrine Williams, ScD , Department of Health Behavior, College of Public Health; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Ann L. Coker, PhD , Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY
Annual rates of dating violence and forced sex have increased in Kentucky over the past 5 years, yet the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and the University of Kentucky are working to reduce this trend. CDC recently funded an evaluation of a primary prevention intervention termed Green Dot which has recently been implemented in high schools throughout the state. At the heart of the Green Dot intervention is the acknowledgement that while most students neither participate in nor condone violence, many respond passively to a culture that may tacitly support violence. By empowering individuals to actively but appropriately question peer support for sexual and dating violence; bystanders become change agents who can play a significant role in reducing violence. While several bystander intervention programs have been implemented, few have been empirically evaluated and none have been evaluated on a statewide basis. In this presentation we will present the methods for a comprehensive evaluation among high schools across Kentucky. We hypothesize that students in high schools randomly assigned to implement Green Dot will report lower rates of sexual and dating violence over time compared with students in comparable high schools randomized to serve as comparison schools. We will present methods for our evaluation including 1) a population based annual survey across all 26 high schools, 2) a web based survey among the intervention 13 high schools to measure diffusion of the Green Dot intervention, and 3) a qualitative evaluation of how Green Dot is experienced within the high schools.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe the evaluation of the "Green Dot" bystanding intervention program in Kentucky high schools

Keywords: Violence Prevention, Child/Adolescent

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a reseacher in the field of violence prevention
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.