Adolescent dating violence articles

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This study assessed high school counselors' knowledge, training, perceptions, and practices on dealing with ADV incidents.

On the basis of an eligible population of 4000 high school counselors and by using a conservative 50-50 split with regard to the practice of interest (ie, it was assumed that ∼50% of school counselors would report that they assisted survivors of ADV), it was determined that a sample of 257 high school counselors would be needed to make inferences to the total population with a sampling error of ±5% at the 95% confidence level.

A 4-page, 17-item (multicomponent), closed-format questionnaire was developed to assess high school counselors’ perceptions and practices regarding their roles in assisting survivors of ADV.

The questionnaire was developed by using a key component of the Health Belief Model (eg, perceived barriers to assisting survivors of ADV) and the transtheoretical model originally developed for smoking cessation.

Because substantial amounts of socialization among adolescents occur in the school setting where adolescents spend almost one-third of their daily time, school counselors can possibly play a central role in identifying and intervening in ADV.

However, there has been no assessment of the training/education, current practices, and perceptions of school counselors in relation to ADV.

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