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dc.contributor.authorGavine, Anna Jane
dc.contributor.authorDonnelly, Peter Duncan
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Damien John
dc.identifier.citationGavine , A J , Donnelly , P D & Williams , D J 2016 , ' Effectiveness of universal school-based programmes for the primary prevention of violence in adolescents ' , Psychology of Violence , vol. 6 , no. 3 , pp. 390-399 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 240812448
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 379ad8f7-8cb2-42c0-94ea-3d71363d5f4d
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84978492538
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000385914700004
dc.description.abstractObjective: Violence is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality amongst young people. Primary preventive programs aimed at reducing the involvement of young people in violence are often implemented in a school setting. This systematic review evaluated the effectiveness of universal school-based programs aimed at the primary prevention of violence in 11-18 year olds. Method: A pre-defined search strategy was used to search various sources (i.e. databases, gray literature, previous reviews, and reference lists of included studies) for randomised design trials and quasi-experimental design trials published between 2002 and March 2014. After screening 8051 abstracts, 21 studies were identified that satisfied the inclusion/exclusion criteria. These studies evaluated 16 different programs based mainly in the US. Results: Due to the heterogeneity meta-analysis was not possible; thus a narrative synthesis was reported. The most effective interventions utilised social development and social norms components. Attitudes towards violence was the most frequently measured outcome with six studies reporting a beneficial effect and two reporting no effect; three of the six studies examining violent behaviour demonstrated a small beneficial effect; and four of the seven studies examining physical aggression demonstrated a small beneficial effect. Conclusions: In general, this review found limited evidence of the effectiveness of universal school-based programs in the primary prevention of violence in 11-18 year olds; however, those that combined social development and social norms approaches appeared to be the most effective. Additional qualitative research/process evaluation is required to establish the processes that underpin the success/failure of such programs in order to inform their refinement, and the future development of effective programs.
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dc.subjectYouth violenceen
dc.subjectPrimary preventionen
dc.subjectSocial developmenten
dc.subjectSocial normsen
dc.subjectSystematic reviewen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.titleEffectiveness of universal school-based programmes for the primary prevention of violence in adolescentsen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.WHO Collaborating Centre for International Child & Adolescent Health Policyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Public Health Groupen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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