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Assistance with the National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) Teen Dating Study

Posted by Maisha Meminger - On December 17, 2013 (EST)

The National Institutes of Justice (NIJ) is seeking assistance with an exciting study that will explore the different ways that youth and adults think about the features associated with adolescent dating relationships.  This study, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, uses concept mapping in order to better understand how youth and adults conceptualize healthy and unhealthy teen dating relationships.  We anticipate that the results of this project will be used to improve interventions and responses to teen dating violence. 

How can youth-serving organizations help?

NIJ is currently seeking organizations that work with youth ages 14-22 to participate in online sorting and rating activities.  In the sorting activity (~45 minutes), participants are asked to individually group 100 ideas related to teen dating into piles based on how they see them as related.  In the rating activity (~30 minutes), participants are asked to rate the 100 ideas on how frequent and how desirable they perceive them to be in teen dating relationships.  Participation is completely anonymous and confidential.

Will youth participants be compensated for their time?

Yes.  Youth that complete sorting and rating activities will receive a $15 gift card to Starbucks, iTunes or Target.  Youth that complete either the sorting or rating activity will receive a $10 gift card.

How are these activities administered?

These activities are administered online.  Participants need a unique username and password to log on to the websites to complete the activities.  These usernames allow participation to remain anonymous while also allowing the research team to track which participants have completed the activities.

How can I get my organization involved?

Email Alyssa at to receive a list of usernames, passwords, and the activity websites to distribute to youth that you work with.  Alyssa will mail your organization gift cards to distribute to those youth that complete the activities each week.   Note: Youth under 18 must have a parent sign a permission form before they can receive a username and password.  Alyssa will provide you with permission forms if you work with youth under 18 that would like to participate.

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Modified On : December 17, 2013
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In Relation : Teen Dating Violence Prevention

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