The Impact of Family and Peer Protective Factors on Girls’ Violence Perpetration and Victimization | Journal of Adolescent Health
This study investigates whether family and peer connections and prosocial norms buffer adolescent girls’ violence involvement and whether a youth development intervention augments the power of these protective factors in reducing girls’ risk for violence. Data were obtained from 253 13–17-year-olds enrolled in a randomized controlled trial of Prime Time, a youth development intervention offered through urban clinic settings to girls at high risk for pregnancy. Participants completed an audio computer-assisted self-interview survey at baseline and 6, 12, and 18 months after enrollment. Protective factors included scales assessing family and peer connections and prosocial norms. Outcome variables were violence victimization and perpetration scales measured at 18 months. Results suggest that effects of the Prime Time intervention on violence victimization were optimized among high-risk adolescent girls with strong connections to family and peers. The intervention was most potent in preventing violence victimization among girls with strong prosocial connections to family and peers.
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