NEWS: Rhode Island Hospital to study dating violence

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WPRO News and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s congressional delegation has announced $791,000 in federal funds for a study at Rhode Island Hospital to help combat teen dating violence.

Researchers at the hospital and Klein Buendel, a Colorado-based health communications company, will study the effectiveness of web-based games and videos to limit aggression in eighth-grade boys. Researchers will also examine how to promote better communication between boys and their parents. Participants will come from the Providence area.

The funding, announced Friday, is from the U.S. Department of Justice. Findings will be reported to the National Institute of Justice for use in research and programming on teen dating violence.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 9 percent of students have reported being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year.