Dating Matters Guide to Implementation
Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model designed and evaluated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dating Matters aims to promote healthy relationship behaviors and prevent teen dating violence before it starts. The model is based on current evidence about what works in teen dating violence prevention and focuses on 11- to 14-year-olds. It includes multiple prevention components that focus on individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. These components work together to reinforce and promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationship.s CDC encourages communities to adopt all of these prevention components, as the model was developed and evaluated, for maximum impact at the community level.
Dating Matters parent programs provide parents and caregivers of 11- to 14-year-olds with positive parenting and effective parent-child communication skills while also helping them engage in a dialogue with their kids about healthy, safe relationships.