Session 4: How to Help Friends: Students learn why it is difficult to leave abusive relationships and how to help a friend if she or he is in an abusive relationship.Session 5: Helping Friends: Students practice effective skills for helping friends who are abused or confronting friends who are abusing.

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Session 8: Equal Power through Communication: Students learn the four skills for effective communication and practice these skills in a variety of role-plays.

Session 9: Preventing Dating Sexual Abuse: A quiz, analysis of scenarios and a discussion with peers help students learn about the issue of dating sexual abuse and how to prevent it.

Session 10: Reviewing the Safe Dates Program: Through discussion, evaluation and a poster contest, students will review the safes dates program.

is an evidence-based program with strong, long-term outcomes.

It was the subject of substantial formative research in fourteen public schools in North Carolina using a rigorous experimental design.

The program was found to be effective in both preventing and reducing perpetration among teens already using violence against their dates. Vangie Foshee is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Adolescents participating in the program, as compared with those who did not participate, also reported: . Her research focus is on adolescent problem behaviors and includes both etiological and evaluation research. Reproducible student handouts are included at the end of each session.The program has been found to be equally effective for males and females and for whites and non-whites. Her etiological research has included identifying determinants, at multiple ecological levels, of violence between adolescent dating couples, adolescent cigarette smoking and alcohol use and adolescent sexual behavior. Stacey Langwick is an assistant professor at the University of Florida and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. Session 1: Defining Caring Relationships: A bingo game and class discussions introduce students to the program.She has a particular interest in testing biopsychosocial models of adolescent health risk behaviors, especially models examining the influence of interactions between biological factors such as genotypes and hormones and contextual variables on health risk behaviors. They evaluate how they would like to be treated in dating relationships.Her evaluation research has included the development and evaluation of programs for preventing adolescent dating abuse and adolescent substance use. Session 2: Defining Dating Abuse: Through the discussion of scenarios and the review of statistics, students clearly define dating abuse.Session 3: Why Do People Abuse: During group discussions and the review of scenarios, students identify the causes and consequences of dating abuse.