Peer Resistance Skills

The research team conducted a post-intervention observational study to examine youths’ peer resistance skills after exposure to a healthy relationships curriculum. Through the use of role-play, trained observers recorded the frequency of participation in peer resistance skills. Results indicated that youth who participated in the healthy relationships program were more likely to demonstrate peer resistance skills when pressured to use drugs or alcohol, have unsafe sex, or witness peer violence perpetration at a higher rate than students who had not participated in the curriculum.

Authors: David A. Wolfe, Claire V. Crooks, Debbie Chiodo, Ray Hughes, and Wendy E. Ellis (2012)

Keywords: Youth; Relationships; Dating violence; Substance abuse; School-based prevention

Summary by: Tessa Alexander