Therefore, CDC will work with funded communities to identify and validate community level indicators for TDV, which eventually will constitute a sustainable tracking system for TDV in these communities.Finally, to demonstrate whether the effectiveness of a comprehensive model of TDV prevention surpasses that of evidence-based, school-based curricula, CDC will direct a cluster randomized cross-site evaluation involving approximately 45 schools in Baltimore, Maryland; Ft.This Special Section was introduced with the assertion that most programs, to date, have been ineffective in preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) and teen dating violence (TDV) because they do not take into account recent work about the development and nature of IPV/TDV (Capaldi and Langhinrichsen-Rohling ).Each contribution highlighted dimensions of relationship functioning that can be used to inform the development of prevention programs.Lauderdale, Florida; Oakland, California; and Chicago, Illinois that will assess effectiveness and cost of the two models.To determine the maximum benefit of each prevention approach (standard vs.
Individual level factors include youth substance use (O’Donnell et al.) implemented in Grade 8—and a comprehensive approach, which includes implementation of prevention strategies across levels of the social ecology for youth, parents, and educators in Grades 6 to 8, in addition to policy change efforts and communications strategies.was selected as the cornerstone of the initiative because of its demonstrated and sustained primary and secondary preventive effects on multiple forms of dating violence for boys and girls (Foshee et al.In the future, the ™ framework of delivering high doses of developmentally appropriate prevention across levels of the social ecology may be modified to address the unique needs of other high-risk groups identified in this Special Section, such as young parents or youth who have witnessed or experienced violence in the home.It may also be modified to reflect the culture of high-risk rural communities.comprehensive), it is anticipated that the evaluation will follow youth through the peak in TDV approximately at age 17 years (O’Leary and Slep ) and will examine multiple adolescent violent and risk behaviors including psychological, physical, sexual, and electronic teen dating violence, sexual risk behaviors, substance use, and peer violence.If effective, the products developed for the initiative will be available and free of charge to the public.) was selected for use with parents in Grade 6 because of its success engaging parents in urban communities, effectiveness in reducing youth sexual risk behaviors, and because it builds foundational skills of communication and positive parenting among participants (Miller et al.was selected for use in Grade 8 for parents because its delivery method (mailed booklets to families) facilitates engagement of parents who may have limited transportation and availability and because preliminary results suggest it may be effective in reducing TDV victimization (Foshee et al.The findings in this issue underscore the importance of considering the independent and interactive effects of risk factors occurring at each level of the social ecology, such as alcohol use (Reyes et al.) that reflect these findings have been developed and evaluated, a transformation of the field would require the refinement of many programs currently in practice and the development of new prevention approaches.