Online Program

Tina Croucher Act for Teen Dating Violence Prevention: A state level assessment of policy implementation

Monday, November 2, 2015

Vidya Gogineni, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatics in the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Mendel Singer, PhD MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Kristina Knight, MPH, College of Education Health and Human Services, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Background:  Ohio’s Tina Crouncher Act (2010) mandates the provision of teen dating violence prevention education (TDVP) education among all public school districts as a part of the 7th-12th grade curriculum.  The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) provides resources to support the implementation of said policy, including the identification of guidelines to assist schools in incorporating the required mandate into the curriculum.  The purpose of this project is to identify factors that influence the nature and extent of TDVP education provided within Ohio’s public schools.  

Methods:  A web-based instrument was developed based on a systematic review of the literature related to the implementation and evaluation of relevant TDVP policies at the state and national level.  The survey was administered in the Spring of 2015 among all school districts across Ohio (n = 614), specifically targeting high school principals (n = 626).  Data analysis will explore associations among these different model constructs and the degree to which the Tina Croucher Act is implemented with a multivariable regression model. 

Results: Variability in the implementation of TDVP education includes:  number of related educational hours provided; development and implementation of educational components and content; and, the influence of political, financial, human, and other resources.  

Conclusions: The results of this project will highlight the determinants that affect implementation of the TINA Croucher Act. Programming and implementation recommendations will be developed and provided to key stakeholders including policy and other educational decision makers.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify a baseline of measures taken by public high schools' to implement Ohio's Tina Croucher Act. Identify determinants influencing the extent to which schools commit to implementing the requirements of the law. Formulate recommendations to policy makers based on identified barriers to implementation.

Keyword(s): Adolescents, Domestic Violence

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a 2nd year Master's of Public Health student at Case Western Reserve University, and I am interning at Beachwood, Ohio's Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA), a non-profit that serves domestic violence victims within the community. During my internship, I have worked most closely with Know Abuse, a branch of JFSA that promotes healthy relationship building and teen dating violence prevention through peer-to-peer education.
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.