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ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP ABUSE; SCHOOL NURSE-LED INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION

Raible, Claire (2016) ADOLESCENT RELATIONSHIP ABUSE; SCHOOL NURSE-LED INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Adolescent Relationship Abuse (ARA) is a serious public health issue. Hundreds of thousands of school aged teens are affected by this type of abuse, which leads to several detrimental health problems later in life. Education, resources, and interventions are needed for those who come into contact with adolescents each day to prevent ARA. The analysis below highlights a school nurse-led intervention in five Pennsylvania schools to combat ARA among middle and high school aged teens. BACKGROUND: Project Connect is a national program to build partnerships among public health agencies and domestic violence services to improve the health care sector response to partner and sexual violence. Pennsylvania piloted the first school-nurse delivered adolescent relationship abuse intervention in the certified school nurses’ office setting. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of implementing this prevention intervention. METHODS: In five schools in Pennsylvania, school nurses completed a survey before and one year after receiving training on implementing the intervention as well as a phone interview. Students seeking care at the nurses’ offices completed a brief anonymous feedback survey after their nurse visit. RESULTS: The school nurses adopted the intervention readily, finding ways to incorporate healthy relationship discussions into interactions with students. School nurses and students found the intervention to be acceptable. Students were positive in their feedback. Barriers included difficulty with school buy-in and finding time and private spaces to deliver the intervention. CONCLUSIONS: A school nurse healthy relationships intervention was feasible to implement and acceptable to the students as well as the implementing nurses. While challenges arose with the initial uptake of the program, school nurses identified strategies to achieve school and student support for this intervention.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Raible, Claire
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMiller, Elizabethelm114@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 13 December 2016
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 18:22
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2019 06:15
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/30579

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