Longitudinal Impact of the myPlan App on Health and Safety Among College Women Experiencing Partner Violence

Nancy E. Glass, Amber Clough, Jill T. Messing, Tina Bloom, Megan Lindsay Brown, Karen B. Eden, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Andrea Gielen, Kathryn Laughon, Karen Trister Grace, Rachael M. Turner, Carmen Alvarez, James Case, Jamie Barnes-Hoyt, Jeanne Alhusen, Ginger C. Hanson, Nancy A. Perrin

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine differences in change over time in health and safety outcomes among female college students randomized to myPlan, a tailored safety planning app, or usual web-based safety planning resources. Three hundred forty-six women (175 intervention, 171 control) from 41 colleges/universities in Oregon and Maryland completed surveys at baseline, 6- and 12-months from July 2015 to October 2017. Generalized estimating equations were used to test group differences across time. Both groups improved on four measure of intimate partner violence (IPV; Composite Abuse Scale [CAS], TBI-related IPV, digital abuse, reproductive coercion [RC]) and depression. Reduction in RC and improvement in suicide risk were significantly greater in the myPlan group relative to controls (p =.019 and p =.46, respectively). Increases in the percent of safety behaviors tried that were helpful significantly reduced CAS scores, indicating a reduction in IPV over time in the myPlan group compared to controls (p =.006). Findings support the feasibility and importance of technology-based IPV safety planning for college women. myPlan achieved a number of its objectives related to safety planning and decision-making, the use of helpful safety behaviors, mental health, and reductions in some forms of IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • college women
  • intimate partner violence
  • mental health
  • reproductive health
  • safety planning
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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