Teen Dating Violence Prevention Research and Dissemination

Principal Investigator:
Susana Helm, Ph.D.

Abstract of Mission/Goals:
The purpose of this project is to develop science-based teen dating violence prevention curricula using a train-the-trainer strategy. The science-based portion analyzes data collected with the Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention Center, as well as publicly available data, and reviews the extant literature. These findings are used in curriculum development at the University of Hawai‘i with graduate and undergraduate students, which are then implemented and evaluated as a train-the-trainer model with community-based youth-serving organizations across the State of Hawai‘i.

Total Funding:

Funding Period:
June 2006-June 2008 and June 2009-June 2012

Total Number of Years:
5 Years

Funding Source:
State of Hawai‘i, Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Branch

Key Personnel/Staff:
Susana Helm, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Charlene Baker, Ph.D., Co-PI

Asian/Pacific Islander Youth violence Prevention Center
Department of Psychology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Hawai‘i Youth Services Network

Selected Accomplishments, Publications, Key Findings, etc.:
Manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals

  1. 1. Helm S, Baker CK, Berlin J, Kimura S. (2015). Getting in, being in, staying in, getting out. Adolescents’ perceptions of dating and dating violence. Youth & Society, advance online first March 2015, 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/0044118X15575290.
  2. 2. Baker CK, Helm S, Bifulco K, Chung-Do J. (2014). The relationship between self harm and teen dating violence among youth in Hawai`i. Qualitative Health Research, advance online October 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1049732314553441.
  3. 3. Helm S, Baker C, Iskandar I. (2013). Exploring the intersection between peer violence and dating violence among adolescents, Journal International de Victimologie, (online December 2013).
  4. 4. Helm S, Baker C, Morales Diaz NE, Rodriguez Del Toro V, Colón-Castillo M. (2013). International Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 4(3), 1-10. http://www.gjcpp.org/.
  5. 5. Zaha R, Helm S, Baker C, Hayes D. (2013). Intimate partner violence and substance use among Hawai‘i youth. An analysis of recent data from the Hawai‘i Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Substance Use & Misuse, 48(1-2), 11-20. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2012.720334
  6. 6. Helm, S., & Baker, C. (2011). The need to consider the ethnocultural context in prevention programming: A case example from a Hawai‘i teen dating violence prevention project. Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnicity in Social Work, 20(2), 131-149. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2011.570125.
  7. 7. Baker, C., & Helm, S. (2011). Prevalence of intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration among youth in Hawai‘i. Hawai‘i Medical Journal, 70(5), 92-96 [ISSN 0017-8594].
  8. 8. Baker, C., & Helm, S. (2010). Pacific youth and shifting thresholds: Understanding teen dating violence in Hawai‘i. Journal of School Violence, 9(2), 154-173, doi:10.1080/15388220903585879.

Scholarly presentations: Local, National, and International

  1. 1. Helm, S., & Baker, C. (2011, June). Science to service in teen dating violence prevention. Presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference, Chicago, IL.
  2. 2. Helm, S. (2011, March). Youth prevention research and dissemination. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Honolulu, HI.
  3. 3. Helm, S. (2010, September). Participatory/action research and youth prevention in Hawai‘i. Presentation for the Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
  4. 4. Helm, S., & Baker, C. (2010, June). Action research to prevent intimate partner violence among youth. Presentation at the biennial conferenceof International Community Psychology, Puebla, MX.
  5. 5. Helm, S. (2009, February). Using qualitative research to enhance practice and policy in youth research. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Honolulu, HI.
  6. 6. Baker, C., & Helm, S. (2008, October). Cybercontrol in teen dating, it’s “irritating”: An emerging area for public health surveillance, service, and prevention research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  7. 7. Helm, S. (2008, October). An ethnocultural perspective from the Pacific on teen dating violence. Poster presented at annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  8. 8. Helm, S. (2008, June). Community psychology perspective on teen dating violence in the Pacific. Paper presented at the biennial conferenceof the International Community Psychology, Lisbon Portugal.
  9. 9. Helm, S. (2008, May). Contexts of teen dating in Hawai‘i: Implications for violence prevention. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA.
  10. 10. Baker, C, Helm, S., & Mayeda, D. (2007). Cultural considerations in gender-based violence: Dating violence among Pacific Islander and Asian American adolescents: Research findings from APIYVPC. Paper presented at annual meeting of the Society for Community Research and Action, Pasadena, CA.

Timely Information:

Teen Dating Violence Prevention, Train-the-Trainer Workshops

Location Date Lead Agency Contact
Honolulu 11/16/11 Dept of Psychiatry Susana Helm
Kona 12/2/11 CFS Carole Gruskin
Kauai 12/9/11 Hale Opio LaVerne Bishop
Hilo 1/11/12 Salvation Army Michael Chung
Molokai 2/3/12 Hoaloha 58 and Wayde Lee

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