The participation of schools serves as a cornerstone of the comprehensive approach that defines Dating Matters.Schools play critical roles, often in partnership with local health departments and community organizations, in being able to reach significant numbers of youth and parents in communities while also serving as important resources for the community as a whole.CDC is seeking to build health departments’ capacity to become key agents for dating violence prevention programming though the implementation of the Dating Matters® violence prevention strategies, which include school-based programs for middle school students, parent programs, educator training, a communications campaign, and policy change.The evaluation examines the effectiveness of the Dating Matters® program — working with local health departments to lead their communities in implementing a comprehensive public health approach — to prevent teen dating violence before it starts.Candace Thurgood, 51, had come under scrutiny after the school received complaints about a survey distributed during a lesson in a college-credit class called Adult Roles. The 30-question survey titled "Know Thyself," which originated in a 1980s Dear Abby column, asked whether students have had abortions, been kissed while lying down, or if they had tried alcohol, pot or ecstasy.Officials from the Weber School District said in a statement Friday there appears to have been no ill intent behind the survey, which "was given outside the approved curriculum for this course." Thurgood had been using the survey for several years to allow students to conduct a self-assessment, according to the statement.Dating Matters® is a comprehensive program that aims to both promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships and decrease emotional, physical, and sexual dating violence among youth, 11-14 years old, in high-risk urban communities.
In the statement from the district, school officials said they "appreciate the public support for Thurgood.
In 2014, NORC conducted a student non-attrition bias study and a parent nonresponse bias study in addition to regular data collections.
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NORC is further collecting similar survey data on participating students beyond middle school and through high school, whether the students remain in high school or have dropped out of school.
The project help CDC evaluate the cost, feasibility, sustainability, and effectiveness of a comprehensive approach to prevent teen dating violence in four high-risk urban communities.