Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Improving Adolescent Relationship Abuse Management
Healthcare providers have unique opportunities to educate patients on healthy relationships, however, research studies have suggested that these conversations are rare in the healthcare setting. The purpose of this quasi-experimental pilot project is to incorporate an educational intervention to improve primary and urgent care providers’ management of adolescent relationship abuse. The population of sixty-seven pediatric primary care and urgent care providers at Children’s Mercy Clinics were recruited to participate in this evidence-based project. The project’s intervention consisted of educating providers on how to use the Hooking Up or Hanging Out safety card, while subsequently measuring self-reported provider behaviors, provider self-efficacy, and provider behavioral intentions. This educational strategy has the potential to improve health care delivery by improving the management of adolescent relationship abuse victims. Results of this project suggest the Hanging Out or Hooking Up training session improves healthcare providers’ intention to discuss and to assess abusive relationships with adolescent patients. It is the responsibility of all healthcare providers to identify violence and to provide appropriated referrals and/or counseling. Preventing violence can improve clinical and social outcomes, promote quality of life, and decrease health care costs.
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