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Post-Program Evaluation of Know Abuse: A Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Katarina Gardner, BS, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Masters of Public Health Program, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Mendel Singer, PhD MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Adam Perzynski, PhD, Department of Medicine, Center for Healthcare Research and Policy, Case Western Reserve University at The MetroHealth System, Cleveland, OH
Background: Know Abuse is a teen-dating violence prevention program that works to interrupt the cycle of abuse while educating high school students on healthy teen relationships, bullying and dating violence. Participants in Know Abuse have consistently given outstanding evaluations of the program and shown improvement in knowledge. This study will address the program’s impact in the school after implementation. Methods: Participants will include ten school partners of Know Abuse who have administered the program for at least two years and can speak to the post-program effects. Key administrators from these schools will complete a structured survey and be interviewed individually. Questions will examine general prevention abuse, student reporting of abuse, Know Abuse program’s effectiveness and school policies and procedures to address teen violence in the school environment. The survey data collection will be completed in March and sequential exploratory mixed methods will be used to analyze surveys and transcripts of the interviews. Results: Expected results are positive associations between length of program implementation and effectiveness of school policies and procedures associated with reporting, addressing and preventing abuse. The impact the program has on students understanding of types of abuse most prevalent in the high school environment, the challenges administrators face implementing abuse prevention programs and how Know Abuse’s partnerships have led to school polices and increased awareness around abuse prevention. Conclusions: While Know Abuse has operated since 2001 under Expect Respect, this will be the first post-program evaluation of the impact and influences the abuse prevention program has made in schools.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate a teen dating violence prevention program and describe the impact it has regarding school policy and programming. Explain the factors associated with targeted abuse reporting and prevention programming in the school environment.

Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a 2nd year MPH student at Case Western Reserve University with an interest in program evaluation and school health. I developed the ideas for this research topic, extensively reviewed literature on the topic to develop the study instruments and collaborated with partners to secure accurate data collection.
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.