Child Trends led a project on Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Models and Measures funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This project builds on prior model development and evaluations sponsored by OPRE and lessons learned from those studies. A key objective for this project is to recommend measures that can be used to assess a range of targeted outcome domains for healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs serving high school-aged adolescents. For the purposes of this project, we define high school-aged adolescents as between the ages of 14 and 18. They are adolescents who are and are not in current romantic relationships. While many of the youth in our target population are in school, we also consider youth who are no longer in school or are in alternative school settings. This excel spreadsheet summarizes the items and measures that we recommend for assessing a range of targeted outcome domains for HMRE programs serving youth. These recommendations were informed by a number of project activities, including a review of research and evaluation evidence, input from an expert work group and additional experts from the HMRE field, the development of a logic model for HMRE programs for adolescents, and results from cognitive interviews with adolescents. Some items were drawn directly from existing sources, some were adapted to be more appropriate for youth, and some were newly developed for the purposes of this project. (Author abstract modified)
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Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education: Recommended Outcome Measures for Adolescents.