July 27, 1998 News Release
Youth Learn Alternatives to Violence
Winnipeg A Canadian violence-prevention curriculum is showing promising results at the end of the second year of a three-year ongoing evaluation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Five hundred and seventy-seven Grade 7, 8, and 9 students in six schools are participating in a Teen Dating Violence study being carried out by Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse, University of Manitoba.
Developed by Men For Change of Halifax, Healthy Relationships: A Violence-Prevention Curriculum focuses on three principal areas: (a) emotional literacy, dealing with anger, and assertiveness; (b) gender stereotypes, TV violence, and media literacy; and (c) the abuse of power and control in relationships, sexual harassment, and teen dating violence. The pilot program has paired (a) with Grade 7 students, (b) with Grade 8 students, and (c) with Grade 9 students. Approximately one-fourth of the curriculum's activities are being taught in the study.
Asked to comment on the program's effect on the students, Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Josephson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Winnipeg, said: "We have results that suggest that Healthy Relationships is quite influential. We expected that in the third year we would see program-group students being less violent. But we are seeing behaviour changes now, particularly among the girls. Considering we're using such a short version of the curriculum, that's especially encouraging."
The following self-reported findings were true for the program groups, whereas the corresponding control groups showed little to no improvement.
Healthy Relationships is being used by public schools, women's shelters, social welfare agencies, and health, detention, youth, and counselling centres in every Canadian province and territory and in 30 US states. The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada is funding the Winnipeg evaluation.
Dr. Wendy Josephson, Principal Investigator & Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Winnipeg.
Manitoba Evaluation Table of Contents
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