Underage Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Perpetration

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.
Verified July 2012 by Boston University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: June 28, 2012
Last updated: July 3, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

This randomized controlled trial (RCT) study is a small scale test of the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a brief motivational interview-style intervention. The intervention will take place in the pediatric and adult emergency departments by a trained interventionist and will follow an intervention algorithm developed by a team of dating abuse and brief intervention experts. The research design is as follows: the investigators will randomize youth ages 16-21 to one of two groups: one group who receives the intervention (N=~40), and the other which does not (N=~40). The investigators will compare changes in outcomes from baseline to 3-month follow-up for those in both groups. The investigators will be looking at outcomes including dating abuse-related knowledge, attitudes about the use of violence to resolve conflict, and dating abuse behavior (perpetration and/or victimization), including alcohol-related dating abuse perpetration.

Statement of study hypothesis: Those youth who participate in the brief motivational interview-style intervention will report less dating abuse perpetration at the 3-month follow-up than those in the control group.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dating Violence
Dating Abuse
Alcohol Use
Behavioral: Reducing Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Among Youth (READY)
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Underage Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Perpetration

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Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Dating abuse perpetration [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Self-reported perpetration of dating abuse, including acts such as pushing, hitting, kicking and forcing partner to have sex.

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: July 2012
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control
Patients in the control group will not receive any intervention, but will receive standard care for dating abuse issues.
Experimental: Intervention
Patients in the intervention group will participate in the intervention.
Behavioral: Reducing Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Among Youth (READY)
This is a one session brief motivational interview-style intervention that follows a 9-step intervention algorithm. The intervention is delivered by a trained motivational interview interventionist. There is a 10 day booster call following the intervention.


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 21 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 16-21 years old
  • English-speaking
  • Consumed one whole drink of alcohol in past month
  • Have used at least one form of verbal, physical or sexual aggression against a dating or sexual partner in the past three months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient's reason for ED visit is an acute mental health problem (e.g., suicidal ideation or attempt, severe anxiety attack)
  • Patient is a prisoner
  • Patient is determined to be potentially lethal
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01632176

United States, Massachusetts
Boston Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02118
Contact: Emily F Rothman, ScD    617-414-1385    erothman@bu.edu   
Contact: Allyson Baughman, MPH    617-414-1374    allysonb@bu.edu   
Principal Investigator: Emily F Rothman, ScD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Boston University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01632176     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 5K01AA017630-04
Study First Received: June 28, 2012
Last Updated: July 3, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Data and Safety Monitoring Board

Keywords provided by Boston University:
dating abuse
dating violence
domestic violence
sexual violence
sexual assault
youth violence
underage alcohol use
alcohol use

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Central Nervous System Agents

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