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A latent transition model of the effects of a teen dating violence prevention initiative.
J Adolesc Health. 2015 Feb; 56(2 Suppl 2):S27-32.JA

Abstract

PURPOSE

Patterns of physical and psychological teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration, victimization, and related behaviors were examined with data from the evaluation of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships initiative, a dating violence primary prevention program targeting middle school students.

METHODS

Latent class and latent transition models were used to estimate distinct patterns of TDV and related behaviors of bullying and sexual harassment in seventh grade students at baseline and to estimate transition probabilities from one pattern of behavior to another at the 1-year follow-up. Intervention effects were estimated by conditioning transitions on exposure to Start Strong.

RESULTS

Latent class analyses suggested four classes best captured patterns of these interrelated behaviors. Classes were characterized by elevated perpetration and victimization on most behaviors (the multiproblem class), bullying perpetration/victimization and sexual harassment victimization (the bully-harassment victimization class), bullying perpetration/victimization and psychological TDV victimization (bully-psychological victimization), and experience of bully victimization (bully victimization). Latent transition models indicated greater stability of class membership in the comparison group. Intervention students were less likely to transition to the most problematic pattern and more likely to transition to the least problem class.

CONCLUSIONS

Although Start Strong has not been found to significantly change TDV, alternative evaluation models may find important differences. Latent transition analysis models suggest positive intervention impact, especially for the transitions at the most and the least positive end of the spectrum.

Authors+Show Affiliations

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Electronic address: jwilliams@rti.org.RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25620450

Citation

Williams, Jason, et al. "A Latent Transition Model of the Effects of a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative." The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, vol. 56, no. 2 Suppl 2, 2015, pp. S27-32.
Williams J, Miller S, Cutbush S, et al. A latent transition model of the effects of a teen dating violence prevention initiative. J Adolesc Health. 2015;56(2 Suppl 2):S27-32.
Williams, J., Miller, S., Cutbush, S., Gibbs, D., Clinton-Sherrod, M., & Jones, S. (2015). A latent transition model of the effects of a teen dating violence prevention initiative. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 56(2 Suppl 2), S27-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.08.019
Williams J, et al. A Latent Transition Model of the Effects of a Teen Dating Violence Prevention Initiative. J Adolesc Health. 2015;56(2 Suppl 2):S27-32. PubMed PMID: 25620450.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A latent transition model of the effects of a teen dating violence prevention initiative. AU - Williams,Jason, AU - Miller,Shari, AU - Cutbush,Stacey, AU - Gibbs,Deborah, AU - Clinton-Sherrod,Monique, AU - Jones,Sarah, PY - 2014/03/06/received PY - 2014/08/15/revised PY - 2014/08/20/accepted PY - 2015/1/27/entrez PY - 2015/1/27/pubmed PY - 2015/8/8/medline KW - Dating KW - Dating abuse KW - Early adolescence KW - Latent transition analysis KW - Prevention KW - Teen dating violence SP - S27 EP - 32 JF - The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine JO - J Adolesc Health VL - 56 IS - 2 Suppl 2 N2 - PURPOSE: Patterns of physical and psychological teen dating violence (TDV) perpetration, victimization, and related behaviors were examined with data from the evaluation of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships initiative, a dating violence primary prevention program targeting middle school students. METHODS: Latent class and latent transition models were used to estimate distinct patterns of TDV and related behaviors of bullying and sexual harassment in seventh grade students at baseline and to estimate transition probabilities from one pattern of behavior to another at the 1-year follow-up. Intervention effects were estimated by conditioning transitions on exposure to Start Strong. RESULTS: Latent class analyses suggested four classes best captured patterns of these interrelated behaviors. Classes were characterized by elevated perpetration and victimization on most behaviors (the multiproblem class), bullying perpetration/victimization and sexual harassment victimization (the bully-harassment victimization class), bullying perpetration/victimization and psychological TDV victimization (bully-psychological victimization), and experience of bully victimization (bully victimization). Latent transition models indicated greater stability of class membership in the comparison group. Intervention students were less likely to transition to the most problematic pattern and more likely to transition to the least problem class. CONCLUSIONS: Although Start Strong has not been found to significantly change TDV, alternative evaluation models may find important differences. Latent transition analysis models suggest positive intervention impact, especially for the transitions at the most and the least positive end of the spectrum. SN - 1879-1972 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/25620450/A_latent_transition_model_of_the_effects_of_a_teen_dating_violence_prevention_initiative_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1054-139X(14)00351-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -