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Girls in Abusive Dating Relationships: Approaching a Better Understanding of Research, Practice, and Policy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


David Wolfe
, PhD, ABPP
RBC Chair in Children’s Mental Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
OISE/University of Toronto
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

1914 Lounge, Thwing Center

Click here to download the Schubert Center brief accompanying this talk.

Dr. Wolfe will be presenting data on his innovative “Fourth R” (for Relationships) program – a comprehensive school-based program designed to include students, teachers, parents, and the community in reducing violence and risk behaviors.

By capitalizing on the prospective design of a recent Fourth R program evaluation,Dr. Wolfe’s team uncovered important relational and individual factors that predispose youth towards the perpetration of physical dating violence. The data underscore the gendered nature of romantic aggression in teens; they found unique predictors of dating violence for boys and girls as well as a shared predictor, sexual harassment, that resonates with the gender stereotypes that so often color peer experiences during early adolescence.

Focusing on the girls, these findings implicate stressful life events as a critical factor in predicting their involvement in romantic aggression, and suggest that stress-management and stress-reduction techniques should be included in dating violence prevention programs.

Dr. David Wolfe is a psychologist and author specializing in issues affecting children and youth. He holds the inaugural RBC Chair in Children’s Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where he is Head of the Centre for Prevention Science. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and Editor-in-Chief of Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal. His recent book is entitled Adolescent Risk Behaviors: Why teens experiment and strategies to keep them safe (with P. Jaffe & C. Crooks; Yale University Press, 2006).

Dr. Wolfe has broad research and clinical interests in abnormal child and adolescent psychology, with a special focus on child abuse, domestic violence, and developmental psychopathology. He has authored numerous articles on these topics, especially in relationship to the impact of early childhood trauma on later development in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood. Dr. Wolfe has been pioneering new approaches to preventing many societal youth problems such as bullying, relationship violence, and substance abuse.

His “Fourth R” program for school-based violence prevention curricula is currently in use across Canada and is being piloted in schools in several US states.

Discussants: 

Linda Johanek
Executive Director, Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland

Dorothy Miller
Director, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

This lecture is part of the Schubert Center’s Girlhood Series and is sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Alumni Association.

Click here to download the slides from Dr. Wolfe’s presentation.

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