Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, USA.
Journal of Women's Health (Impact Factor: 2.05). 12/2011; 20(12):1761-5. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2011.3177
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Teen dating violence (TDV) is a preventable public health problem that has negative consequences for youth. Despite evidence that youth in urban communities with high crime and economic disadvantage may be at particularly high risk for TDV, little work has specifically addressed TDV in these communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a comprehensive approach to prevent TDV-Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships-that addresses gaps in research and practice. This Report from CDC describes the programmatic activities, implementation support, evaluation, and surveillance of the Dating Matters™ initiative, which will be implemented in four urban communities.

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