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The Efficacy of the “Dat-e Adolescence” Prevention Program in the Reduction of Dating Violence and Bullying

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Universidad Loyola Andalucía, 41014 Seville, Spain
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Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology, University of Sevilla, 41807 Seville, Spain
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Department of Education, Languages, Intercultures, Literatures and Psychology, University of Florence, 50135 Florence, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(3), 408; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16030408
Received: 30 December 2018 / Revised: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 23 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interventions to Reduce Bullying and Cyberbullying)
Background: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of the school-based “Dat-e Adolescence” prevention program in the reduction of dating aggression and victimization and bullying in adolescents. Method: a RCT design with three waves (pre-test, post-test and follow-up six months apart) and two groups (an experimental group and a control group) were used. One thousand four hundred and twenty three (1423) adolescents, mean age 14.98 (557 in the experimental group) participated in the study. Results: Efficacy evaluation was analyzed using Multiple-group latent growth models and showed that the Dat-e Adolescence program was effective in reducing sexual and severe physical dating violence and bullying victimization. Conclusions: The results suggest that dating violence prevention programs could be an effective approach for tackling different behavioral problems in adolescence given the protective and risk factors shared between dating violence and bullying. View Full-Text
Keywords: dating violence; bullying; prevention program; Dat-e Adolescence dating violence; bullying; prevention program; Dat-e Adolescence
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Muñoz-Fernández, N.; Ortega-Rivera, J.; Nocentini, A.; Menesini, E.; Sánchez-Jiménez, V. The Efficacy of the “Dat-e Adolescence” Prevention Program in the Reduction of Dating Violence and Bullying. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 408.

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