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Session 4: How to Help Friends: Students learn why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships and how to help a friend if she or he is in an abusive relationship.
Session 5: Helping Friends: Students practice effective skills for helping friends who are abused or confronting friends who are abusing.
Similarly, for boys, high levels of parental bonding have been found to be associated with less externalizing behavior, which in turn is associated with less teen dating violence victimization.
Most of the handful of programs that have been empirically investigated are school-based and use a group format.
Program length varies from less than a day to more than 20 sessions.
A few programs frame the issue using a feminist perspective, while others use a more skills-based and gender-neutral approach.
Researchers found that the rate of physical dating violence for a random sample of Canadian students who participated in the curriculum was significantly lower than the control group (9.8 percent versus 7.4 percent).
Session 6: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes: A writing exercise, small-group discussions and scenarios help students learn about gender stereotypes and how these stereotypes can affect dating relationships.
Session 7: How We Feel, How We Deal: Through the use of a feelings diary and a discussion of "hot buttons," students learn effective ways to recognize and handle their anger, so it doesn't lead to abusive behavior.
Learn more about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
In addition to teaching relationship skills, prevention programs can focus on promoting protective factors—that is, characteristics of a teen’s environment that can support healthy development—and positive youth development.