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J Adolesc. 2009 Dec;32(6):1359-70. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.04.006. Epub 2009 Jun 4.

Evaluation of a statewide youth-focused relationships education curriculum.

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Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, USA.


Romantic relationships matter for adolescents. Experiences in romantic relationships facilitate key areas of personal and interpersonal development, however, problems in romantic relationships and lack of positive role models can lead to increased risk of developing unhealthy relationship patterns that can persist into adulthood. The goals of this applied research project were to examine the effectiveness of a youth-focused relationships education curriculum, and to use the knowledge gained to inform practices in relationships education for adolescents. Findings from pre and post-intervention assessments and from two follow-up surveys provide evidence of program success and offer key insights for the development of an effective model of relationships education tailored for adolescents.

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