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UTHealth: Researchers Develop Program Aimed at Reducing Dating Violence Among Students

A program developed to encourage healthy relationships and reduce dating violence was proven effective among early middle school students according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health by researchers at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.

The intervention program, named “Me & You: Building Healthy Relationships,” was one of the first created to reduce dating violence perpetration and victimization among early middle school ethnic-minority students. The program, uses a life skills decision-making model, which is important for improving cognitive skills needed for healthy youth relationships.

“These life skills are necessary for increasing abilities related to developing and maintaining healthy relationships with dating partners, but also with friends and family members. These skills help teach youth better communication and problem-solving.” said Dr. Melissa Peskin, the study’s first and corresponding author.

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