The newly developed 'Safe at Heart' program aims to reduce adolescent girls' vulnerability to chronic emotional, social and/or physical partner abuse. Based on a 'dyadic slippery slope' model of chronic partner abuse, the program aims to equip 14 to 17 year-old girls with the motivation, skills, and selfefficacy to resist the development of slippery-slope dynamics (hostility, over-dependence, and power imbalance) in their current and/or future couple-relationships. In this paper, the aetiological and behaviour change theories underpinning the Safe at Heart program are outlined and the content of the five program modules is overviewed. The limitations of an empowerment approach to preventing partner abuse are presented and the preliminary findings of the ongoing evaluation of Safe at Heart are briefly summarised.
|Title of host publication||Connecting Research and Practice in Relationships: Conference Proceedings|
|Publisher||Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Psychological Society.|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia|
Duration: 22 Sep 2009 → 26 Sep 2009
|Conference||Australian Psychological Society (APS) Annual Conference|
|Period||22/09/09 → 26/09/09|