The Impact of Adolescent Dating Violence Training for Primary Care Providers

Katrina J. Debnam, Sarah Lindstrom Johnson, Sarah Colomé, Jacqueline V. Bran, Krishna K. Upadhya

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Objective: This study presents results from an educational training to increase adolescent dating violence (ADV) screening among primary care clinicians and provides adolescents' perceptions regarding discussing ADV with their clinicians. Methods: A national dating violence advocacy group provided a training in ADV to 16 clinicians serving an urban health clinic. Knowledge, self-efficacy, and expectations were examined before training, after training, and at a 6-month follow-up. Forty-five adolescent patients of the clinicians were also surveyed. Results: Analysis shows significant increases in clinician knowledge, self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, and outcome expectations after training and at the 6-month follow-up. About half of adolescents reported that they would disclose if they were in an abusive relationship and believed that their providers could help them. Discussion: This training successfully improved clinician self-efficacy, outcome expectancies, knowledge, and behavioral capability regarding ADV. Additional research is needed to determine whether the training leads to improved ADV screening and intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent dating violence
  • Adolescent health care
  • Relationship abuse
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Teen dating violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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