Lights4Violence: a quasi-experimental educational intervention in six European countries to promote positive relationships among adolescents

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Title: Lights4Violence: a quasi-experimental educational intervention in six European countries to promote positive relationships among adolescents
Authors: Vives-Cases, Carmen | Davó-Blanes, M. Carmen | Ferrer-Cascales, Rosario | Sanz-Barbero, Belen | Albaladejo-Blázquez, Natalia | Sánchez San Segundo, Miriam | Lillo-Crespo, Manuel | Bowes, Nic | Neves, Sofia | Mocanu, Veronica | Carausu, Elena Mihaela | Pyżalski, Jacek | Forjaz, Maria João | Chmura-Rutkowska, Iwona | Vieira, Cristina Pereira | Corradi, Consuelo
Research Group/s: Salud Pública | Investigación en Género (IG) | Psicología Aplicada a la Salud y Comportamiento Humano (PSYBHE) | Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados (EYCC)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería
Keywords: Educational intervention | Gender equality | Gender violence | Adolescents | Positive relationships
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública | Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico | Enfermería
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2019
Publisher: BMC
Citation: BMC Public Health. 2019, 19:389. doi:10.1186/s12889-019-6726-0
Abstract: Background: Preventing intimate partner violence or dating violence (DV) among adolescents is a public health priority due to its magnitude and damaging short and long-term consequences for adolescent and adult health. In our study protocol, we complement prior experiences in DV prevention by promoting protective factors (or assets) against gender violence such as communication skills, empathy and problem-solving capability through “Cinema Voice”, a participatory educational intervention based on adolescents’ strengths to tackle DV. Methods/design: A longitudinal quasi-experimental educational intervention addressed to boys and girls ages 13–17 years, enrolled in secondary education schools in Alicante (Spain), Rome (Italy), Cardiff (UK), Iasi (Romania), Poznan (Poland) and Matosinhos (Portugal). Both process and results evaluations will be carried out with 100–120 intervention and 120–150 control group students per city at three time periods: before, after and 6 months after the implementation of the following interventions: 1) Training seminar with teachers to promote knowledge and skills on the core issues of intervention; 2) Workshops with intervention groups, where participants produce their own digital content presenting their perspective on DV; and 3) Short film exhibitions with participants, their families, authorities and other stakeholders with the objective of share the results and engage the community. Outcome measures are self-perceived social support, machismo, sexism, tolerance towards gender violence, social problem-solving and assertiveness as well as involvement in bullying/cyberbullying. Other socio-demographic, attitudes and violence-related co-variables were also included. Discussion: This study may provide relevant information about the effectiveness of educational interventions that combine a positive youth development framework with educational awareness about the importance of achieving gender equality and preventing and combating gender violence. To our knowledge, this is the first study that involves six European countries in an educational intervention to promote violence protective assets among enrolled adolescents in secondary schools. This study may provide the needed tools to replicate the experience in other contexts and other countries. Trial registration: NCT03411564. Unique Protocol ID: 776905. Date registered: 18-01-2018.
Sponsor: This paper was funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014–2020), under grant agreement No. 776905.
ISSN: 1471-2458
DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-6726-0
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © The Author(s). 2019 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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