Programme to help curb dating violence

Editors' Picks

  • Chelsea break 22-year-old Manchester United record of most days on top of the table

    Chelsea break 22-year-old Manchester United record of most days on top of the table

    Chelsea break 22-year-old Manchester United record of most days on top of the table

    Chelsea became champions after leading the league for most number of days, breaking Manchester United's 22-year-old record, setting a new Premier League record in the process. …

  • European roundup: Hamburg safe for now, Hull go down

    European roundup: Hamburg safe for now, Hull go down

    European roundup: Hamburg safe for now, Hull go down

    Hamburg SV avoided a first Bundesliga drop but must go through the torment again in a relegation playoff while Hull City were the fall guys in England. ENGLAND Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after two years in the top flight while Newcastle United survived the drop on a final day of drama as the season ended on Sunday. Hull went down because they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Manchester United while Newcastle survived after beating West Ham United 2-0 with goals from …

  • Manchester United decide against signing Falcao

    Manchester United decide against signing Falcao

    Manchester United decide against signing Falcao

    Manchester United will not be signing Colombia forward Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, the Premier League club said on Sunday after the final game of the season. The 29-year-old will return to parent club Monaco, at least initially, after four goals in 29 appearances was not deemed good enough for United to consider splashing out the reported 55 million euros ($60.5 million) fee to buy him. "Falcao is a top professional and a good human being. …

  • Hull go down, Newcastle survive on final day of drama

    Hull go down, Newcastle survive on final day of drama

    Hull go down, Newcastle survive on final day of drama

    Hull City were relegated and Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the Premier League season on Sunday while West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce's contract was not being renewed at Upton Park. While the spotlight shone brightest at St James' Park, where Newcastle preserved their top flight status by beating West Ham United 2-0, the mood was a lot darker at KC Stadium where Hull drew 0-0 with Manchester United to finish in the bottom three. …

  • Cancer survivor Gutierrez stars as Newcastle beat drop

    Cancer survivor Gutierrez stars as Newcastle beat drop

    Cancer survivor Gutierrez stars as Newcastle beat drop

    As if staying in the Premier League was not emotional enough for Newcastle United, there was the added fairytale of cancer survivor Jonas Gutierrez scoring his first goal of the season. Gutierrez -- who was undergoing treatment for testicular cancer in the early months of the campaign and only returned to the squad in March -- netted the second goal in a 2-0 home win against West Ham United. Newcastle, whose residents are known as Geordies, would have stayed up anyway on the final day with …

  • We were just not good enough, says Bruce as Hull go down

    We were just not good enough, says Bruce as Hull go down

    We were just not good enough, says Bruce as Hull go down

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce said his side were "not good enough" to stay in the Premier League after their two-year spell in the top flight ended with relegation back to the Championship on Sunday. A year after facing Arsenal in the first FA Cup final in the club's history, Hull joined Burnley and Queens Park Rangers in returning to the second tier after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United in their final match while Newcastle United beat West Ham United 2-0. If Hull had won and Newcastle …

New York, July 11 (IANS) For young adults who are victims of dating violence, a unique health education programme - designed to delay sexual behaviour and promote healthy dating relationships - can significantly reduce the menace.

Named "It's Your Game... Keep it Real (IYG)", it can address four areas of dating violence: physical victimisation, emotional victimisation, physical perpetration and emotional perpetration.

"We found a significant decrease in physical dating violence victimisation, emotional dating violence victimisation and emotional dating violence perpetration by the time students reached ninth grade," said Melissa Peskin, an assistant professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

The study examined 766 students in 10 middle schools in a large, urban school district in southeast Texas.

IYG had previously shown to be effective in delaying sexual initiation and reducing sexual risk behaviour.

The programme includes both classroom and computer-based activities and is geared toward middle school students.

"The foundation of looking at adolescent sexual health is helping young people understand what healthy relationships look like," Peskin added.

The lessons include identifying the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, skills training for evaluating relationships, strategies for reducing peer pressure, obtaining social support, setting personal limits and respecting others' limits.

"It's Your Game is already being widely disseminated for teenage pregnancy prevention, so it is another bonus that the programme reduces dating violence as well," Peskin noted.

The research was published in the American Journal of Public Health.