Secondary and Tertiary Prevention for Adolescent Dating Violence: A Systematic Review

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Adolescent dating violence (ADV) is a pervasive public health issue associated with numerous mental, social, psychological, and physical health consequences. Thus, prevention programs have been implemented to prevent this violence and promote healthy relationships. Although there is a growing body of literature on primary ADV prevention strategies, little is known about secondary and tertiary ADV prevention approaches. Thus, this systematic review, guided by Cochrane Review methodology, summarizes available evidence on secondary and tertiary ADV prevention programs. The search with no date restriction was conducted in 8 databases in November 2022. Studies published in English and/or Spanish were included if they described the development, adaptation, implementation, and/or evaluation of a secondary and/or tertiary preventive intervention for ADV. After screening the title and abstract of 3645 articles, 31 articles were included in this study, which report on 14 secondary and 1 tertiary intervention. The included studies suggest that these secondary interventions are somewhat effective in preventing ADV victimization and perpetration, and that the effects may be strongest for teens with a higher risk of being involved in an abusive relationship. The only included study that reported on a tertiary intervention was a developmental study. Based on the lack of tertiary intervention implemented in our communities, clinical-focused interventions focusing on treating and reducing negative symptoms of ADV are needed.
Camacho Soto, J. N. (2023). Secondary and tertiary prevention for adolescent dating violence: a systematic review (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from