The Efficacy of an Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program with High-Risk Adolescent Girls: A Preliminary Test
The authors examined the efficacy of a brief (four session) intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention program (Building a Lasting Love, Langhinrichsen-Rohling et al. 2005) that was designed to reduce the relationship violence of predominantly African American inner-city adolescent girls (n=72) who were receiving teen pregnancy services. These high-risk girls were randomly assigned to the prevention program (n=39) or waitlist control (n=33) conditions. The authors documented implementation fidelity. As they predicted, girls who successfully completed the program (n=24) reported significant reductions in their perpetration of psychological abuse toward their baby's father as compared to the control (n=23) participants. They also reported experiencing significantly less severe IPV victimization over the course of the program. Preliminary analyses indicated that avoidant attachment to one's partner, being more likely to keep their distance in relationships, may be associated with less program-relatedchange. The authors suggest that these findings support the contention that brief IPV prevention programs can be targeted to selected groups of high-risk adolescents. Modified Author Abstract.