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Violence Against Women. 2016 Apr;22(5):609-24. doi: 10.1177/1077801215608702. Epub 2015 Oct 14.

Exploring the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse.

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1
Harbor UCLA, Torrance, CA, USA.
2
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
3
University of California Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA, USA.
4
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA elizabeth.miller@chp.edu.

Abstract

Adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is prevalent with significant health and social consequences. Faith-based organizations could play an important role in ARA prevention and intervention. Studies on the role of faith-based organizations in interpersonal violence have focused on adult survivor perspectives rather than adolescents. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with faith-based organization leaders, parents, and youth. Findings highlight that church leaders, parents, and youth all expect that faith-based organizations can play a role in educating teens about healthy relationships. Divergent perspectives about how faith-based organizations should address adolescent sexuality and privacy need to be addressed.

KEYWORDS:

adolescent; faith-based organizations; relationship abuse

PMID:
26466975
PMCID:
PMC4785032
DOI:
10.1177/1077801215608702
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