Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships
Start Strong Idaho
An initiative in southwest Idaho to promote healthy teen relationships and prevent teen dating violence by helping 11- to 14-year-olds develop healthy and safe relationship knowledge and skills.
Visit them at www.StartStrongIdaho.com.
Center for Healthy Teen Relationships
The Center for Health Teen Relationships promotes healthy relationship skills as a way to prevent adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault by engaging and educating young people, parents/caregivers, and adult influencers, promoting positive social norms, and policy to create sustainability. The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships empowers and helps young people to build the social emotional skills for healthy relationships based on equality, respect, and trust.
Visit them at http://idvsa.org/initiatives/center-healthy-teen-relationship/.
- #OurRevolution School and Individual Challenge
As part of February's National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month, The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships is sponsoring a challenge through Instagram.
The Idaho Chapter has a workbook and DVD from the Department of Health and Human Services called "Stop Bullying Now, lend a hand!" This includes an activities guide for working in the school and community and also a video toolkit.
If interested, please email Sherry Iverson to have one mailed to you free of charge.
Articles & Resources
Campus Sexual Assault Survey
The U.S. Department of Justice recently released an OVW funded Campus Climate Survey Validation Study, which examined campus sexual assault climate surveys. Rates of campus sexual assault that are higher than previously measured. Key findings include:
- For undergraduate females in any year of college, the average prevalence rate for sexual assault since entering college at the nine schools was 21%, though the rates varied from 12% to 38%.
- The average prevalence rate for fourth year female undergraduates attending four-year schools was about 25%, or 1 out of 4 reporting they had experienced sexual assault since entering college.
- For undergraduate males, the average prevalence rate for sexual assault since entering college at the nine schools was 7%.
- Across the nine schools, only 13% of rape incidents and 4% of sexual battery incidents were reported to an official — a school administrator, faculty or staff, campus police, or local law enforcement. (Most students report to friends, roommates, and/or family)
- Females, younger students and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students were most at risk for sexual assault. Since entering college, the prevalence rate of sexual assault at all nine schools for lesbian and gay students was 22%, 35% for bisexual students, and about 28% for transgender students.
- Campus Climate Survey Validation Study Fact Sheet (pdf)
- 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) (website)
- Longitudinal Associations Between Teen Dating Violence Victimization and Adverse Health Outcomes (pdf)
Compared with participants reporting no teen dating violence victimization, female participants experiencing victimization reported increased heavy episodic drinking, depressive symptomatology, suicidal ideation, smoking, and IPV victimization, whereas male participants experiencing victimization reported increased antisocial behaviors, suicidal ideation, marijuana use, and IPV victimization. The results suggest that dating violence experienced during adolescence is related to adverse health outcomes in young adulthood. Findings from this study emphasize the importance of screening and offering secondary prevention programs to both male and female victims.
- Adolescent Dating Violence: A National Assessment of School Counselors' Perceptions and Practices (pdf)
A majority of the school counselors reported that they did not have a protocol in their schools to respond to an incident of adolescent dating violence (81.3%). Additionally, the majority (90%) of counselors reported that in the past 2 years, training to assist survivors of teen dating abuse has not been provided to personnel in their schools, their school did not conduct periodic student surveys that include questions on teen dating abuse behaviors (83%), and their school did not have a committee that meets periodically to address health and safety issues that include teen dating abuse (76%).
- National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Conference
Sherry Iverson, Executive Director of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kelly Miller from the Idaho Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and Senator Mike Crapo were at the Idaho Capitol on February 21 to raise awareness for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month.
Over the past 10 years, there has been a growing field of research that demonstrates a clear link between adolescent dating abuse, participation in other risk behaviors, and long-term health consequences. In addition to physical injuries, teens who are victims of dating violence face a host of negative health consequences including depression and suicide, eating disorders, and more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking and alcohol abuse. Victims of dating violence are also three times more likely to become pregnant and more than two times as likely to report a sexually transmitted disease. Health care providers can play a key role in the solution—pediatricians, family practice physicians, and nurses in all health care settings—have critical opportunities to engage in discussions with young people about healthly teen relationships and teen dating abuse.
- Teen Dating Violence Often Occurs Alongside Other Abuse
The American Psychological Association recently asked Sherry L. Hamby, PhD, is a research associate professor at Sewanee, the University of the South the several questions about teenage dating violence.
- Crossing The Line: Sexual Harrassment at School (pdf)
- CDC Announces New Initiative to Help Urban Communities Prevent Teen Dating Violence
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to four communities for its new teen dating violence prevention initiative, Dating MattersTM.
- Senator Crapo Issues Op-Ed: We Have A Responsibility To End Violence
Between January and June of this year alone, there have been 15 intimate-partner related deaths in Idaho. We all have an individual and collective responsibility to end violence in our homes and communities.
- Dating violence common among teens in the ER: Study
More than half of teens and young adults treated at an inner-city emergency room said they had experienced dating violence, either as a victim or a perpetrator, in a new study.
- Lessons Learned from the Idaho Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Project (pdf)
- Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention (pdf)
Youth violence continues to be a serious threat to the health of children and adolescents in the United States. It is crucial that pediatricians clearly define their role and develop the appropriate skills to address this threat effectively.
- Crossing The Line: Sexual Harrassment at School (pdf)
- Nation's Teen Pregnancy Rate Rose 3% in 2006 from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy (pdf)