Funded by the National Institute of Justice and DU,
HARP tests two programs designed to help
teen girls (ages 12-19) who have come to the
attention of the child welfare system learn
about healthy relationships. Program 1 taught teen
girls about: power in relationship violence; skills
to build healthy relationships; and social
influences on violence (e.g., media messages).
Program 2 taught teen girls about: safety in
relationships, including how to recognize and
respond to internal (e.g., her own emotions) and
external (e.g., emotions, behaviors in others)
signals about safety. Both programs were delivered
in small groups and led by two graduate-level
We are currently
finished with data collection. Stay tuned for
Please check back here regularly for updates on our
February, 2013. Data collection is complete!
in this update, we report preliminary findings.
August, 2012. In this update, we report
preliminary findings and describe recent study
Update: March 2012. We are no long
enrolling new participants in this study.
January, 2012. In this update you'll
exciting additional preliminary findings.
Decreases in teens reports of multiple forms of
dating aggression (e.g., verbal, physical, and
sexual) and mental health symptoms are
maintained 6 months after the intervention!
July, 2011. In this update, we
report on preliminary findings.
Teens report significant decreases in dating
aggression immediately after completing groups.
Those gains are maintained 2 months later!
In addition, teens report significant
decreases in many types of symptoms (e.g.,
depression, anxiety, attention) after completing