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  • Institute: Institute of Community Services
  • Symposium: Social Well-being, Sports and Health
  • Day: 2 , Session: 2 , Location: Conference Hall 2
  • Session Type: Medium 15 min (Presentation of ongoing research developments and findings) , Start: 12:15 , End: 12:35

Abstract

Since 2010 the number of reported domestic violence cases in Malta has more than doubled. Around four cases are being reported daily. In addition to this, the rate of convictions remains comparatively low. Research also shows that when violence and abuse has taken over a relationship, the outcomes are very negative and very hard to reverse. This emphasizes the importance of concentrating on programmes of prevention of abusive relationships before they actually develop and consolidate. Teenagers are a well suited cohort to start targeting these prevention programmes given that they would be starting to experiment with dating and forming new romantic bonds.

This research will focus on the creation of a prevention program, intended to help learners recognize the differences between caring, supportive relationships, and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. The program will be designed as both a preventive, as well as an intervention tool. The project aims to positively impact the development of skills needed to create healthy relationships, that are effective across genders, and ultimately promote positive effects on both victimizing and perpetrating behavioural outcomes.

Prior to implementing with this program the selected cohort will be asked to participate in a pre-test survey. Following their participation in the intervention programme, participants will be asked to complete a post-test survey, in order to access this program’s effectiveness. The data from the latter will also be compared to data from other cohorts with whom the programme was not carried out. Like this, we would be able to better evaluate whether the pre-test and post-test scores are related to the intervention programme or whether these could be related to other outside random factors.