Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works by Arlene N. Weisz

Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What Works

byArlene N. Weisz, Beverly M. Black

Kobo ebook | January 2, 2010

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Arlene Weisz and Beverly Black interview practitioners from more than fifty dating violence and sexual assault programs across the United States to provide a unique resource for effective teen dating violence prevention. Enhancing existing research with the shared wisdom of the nation's prevention community, Weisz and Black describe program goals and content, recruitment strategies, membership, structure, and community involvement in practitioners' own words. Their comprehensive approach reveals the core techniques that should be a part of any successful prevention program, including theoretical consistency, which contributes to sound content development, and peer education and youth leadership, which empower participants and keep programs relevant.

Weisz and Black show that multisession programs are most useful in preventing violence and assault, because they enable participants to learn new behaviors and change entrenched attitudes. Combining single- and mixed-gender sessions, as well as steering discussions away from the assignment of blame, also yield positive results. The authors demonstrate that productive education remains sensitive to differences in culture and sexual orientation and includes experiential exercises and role-playing. Manuals help in guiding educators and improving evaluation, but they should also allow adolescents to direct the discussion. Good programs regularly address teachers and parents. Ultimately, though, Weisz and Black find that the ideal program retains prevention educators long after the apprentice stage, encouraging self-evaluation and new interventions based on the wisdom that experience brings.

Arlene Weisz joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at Wayne State University in 1995, after a social work career that included practice with adolescents. She researches adult and adolescent partner violence and sexual assault prevention and has co-coordinated and evaluated dating violence and sexual assault prevention progra...
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Title:Programs to Reduce Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault: Perspectives on What WorksFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 2, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231508824

ISBN - 13:9780231508827

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
1 Introduction: Goals for the Book 1
2 Project Design and Methodology 10
3 Theoretical Considerations 16
4 Program Goals 25
5 Recruitment Issues for Prevention Programs 39
6 Membership 61
7 Structure 74
8 Program Content 96
9 Diversity Issues in Prevention Programs 126
10 Curricula Development 139
11 Peer Leadership Programs 150
12 Parental, School Staff, and Community Involvement 176
13 Evaluation of Prevention Programs 195
14 Qualities of Ideal Prevention Educators 213
15 Rewarding, Troubling, and Challenging Aspects 233
16 Wish Lists, Strengths, and Trends 261
Appendix A Programs Interviewed 277
Appendix B Interview Guide 281
References 285
Index 303

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A valuable contribution to the literature... A useful source of information and inspiration for practitioners.