National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Systematic Review of Current Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Programs and Applicability to Homeless Youth

Authors: 
Petering, R.,
Wenzel, S.,
Winetrobe, H.
Year Published: 2014
Type: 
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Volume: 5

Issue: 1
Abstract: 

This journal article describes a systematic review that explored empirical research published between 2002 and 2012 regarding the effectiveness of prevention programs for intimate partner violence. To assess whether and to what extent programs might be applicable to implement with homeless youth, the researchers categorized studies as being tested with the general youth population or with at-risk youth populations. They assessed the quality of the research by comparing participant selection, study design, assessment instruments, and program outcomes. Next, the researchers determined the applicability to the homeless youth population by examining setting, participants, curriculum, duration of intervention, target outcomes, measures and instruments, and results. After retrieving abstracts from various databases using search words that reflected the study’s research questions, they identified 14 studies that met the review inclusion criteria. Of the 14 programs reviewed, seven were implemented with the general youth population and seven programs were implemented with at-risk youth. Although some programs show sufficient promise to warrant further research (e.g., efficacy and effectiveness trials), it is unclear whether these programs would be applicable for homeless youth. Therefore, the researchers conclude that preventing intimate partner violence among homeless youth might require developing a new intervention that meets the needs of both the homeless youth and the service providers. (author abstract modified)

Availability: 
Full-text article available for free download at: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/675851