Furthermore, it contributes to fill in the void in the quantitative and qualitative research on primary and universal prevention that characterizes the current national status quo.
Therefore, the ultimate goals of this research were (i) organize the concepts of primary and universal prevention in the context of violence in intimate relationships, (ii) understand the main characteristics and gaps of the national and international prevention programs developed until now, and (iii) identify best practices and successful aspects of these prevention programs.
One of the most frequent challenges presented by the programs in this field comes from the fact that their first efforts have come from forced adaptations of intervention models normally used in a more adult population.
Furthermore, the obvious repercussions from the selection of assessment instruments not adjusted to the Portuguese youth population, prevents us from identifying behavior and attitudes in their dating performances.
However, and without questioning the efforts made until now, the international scientific world recently presented several model prevention programs directed to the youth population as a primary prevention scheme establishing promising results.
Thus, the importance of this study results from the acknowledgement that violence in dating relationships – also in Portugal juvenile - assumes disturbing numbers of victims and occurrences.
No significant correlation was observed between experiences of violence in the family of origin and in the relationship with the partner (p Interpersona, 2015, Vol. Adolescence is a period in which the contact between peers is amplified and marks the beginning of affective and sexual experiences.
These instruments were translated, adapted and validated for the Portuguese youth population from the ―Conflict in adolescent dating relationships inventory (CADRI)‖ (Wolfe, Scott, Reitzel-Jaffe, Wekerle, Grasley, & Straatman, 2001) and the ―Attitude toward dating violence scale‖ (Price, Byers & The Dating Violence Research, 1999).
It has different characteristics, while many factors are shown to be associated with its occurrence.
The present study investigated the affective-sexual relationships of adolescents, focusing on the experiences as perpetrators and victims of different types of violence between partners.
Hook ups can be defined as encounters that can include a variety of sexual behaviors (kissing to intercourse) with no expectation of committed relationship (Roberson, Olmstead, & Fincham, 2015).
Whereas dating would be when the relationship takes the form of having greater commitment and being official before the family and society (Oliveira et al., 2007).
O segundo estudo incidiu na análise dos dados preliminares da implementação do Programa 4d – um currículo de prevenção para o 9º ano de escolaridade, uma tradução e adaptação autorizada no âmbito desta investigação do The Fourth R (© 2001 David A. Este estudopiloto foi implementado em 2008/2010, também em contexto escolar, e apresentou resultados positivos ao nível da mudança de atitudes, assim como dos comportamentos positivos de resolução de problemas.