Project Directors: Nan Stein, Ed.D. and Bruce Taylor, Ph.D.
Funder: National Institute of Justice
The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment prevention curricula.
A dating violence prevention program for each grade in middle school: a longitudinal multi-level experiment is a three-year study funded by the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the effectiveness of grade-differentiated dating violence and sexual harassment (DV/H) prevention curricula. Fifty middle schools will be randomly assigned to one of four treatment conditions, with a fifth group of ten classrooms serving as the control group. The project includes a baseline and five follow-up surveys with 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to assess short-term environmental impacts; intermediate changes in knowledge, norms, attitudes, and intentions; and long term impact on rates of DV/H. These data will be supplemented with qualitative data from staff and students. Using a randomized experiment, we will investigate (1) whether and how much of a difference it makes when all three middle school grades receive a set of DV/H interventions compared to when only two grades or only one grade receives it; (2) the impact of multiple doses of grade-differentiated curricula compared to 6th graders who receive it only once; and (3) the effects of new grade-differentiated curricula compared to generalized curricula.