Jeff Temple - Healthy relationships in the digital age: Dating violence, sexting, and cyber abuse - 21/03/2018

About the lecture

Over 25% of US teens will experience physical or sexual violence in their dating relationships, with more sustaining psychological and cyber abuse. Teen dating violence (TDV) is an important public health concern resulting in acute and chronic physical/mental health consequences. If nothing is done to prevent the onset or progression of TDV, many will grow up to experience domestic violence. In an ongoing longitudinal study of over 1,000 adolescents, Dr. Temple is investigating risk and protective factors of TDV. Currently in its 8th year, this project received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Justice Dr. Temple will discuss findings, as well as recently funded study in which he is implementing a high school-based healthy relationship curriculum, and a recently funded NIH study evaluating a dating violence prevention program in middle schools. Dr. Temple will also discuss his research on teen sexting and cyberbullying, which has received international media attention from the likes of CNN, New York Times, BBC, IFLScience, and The Onion.

About the speaker

Dr. Temple is a Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on adolescent relationship abuse. His work has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several regional and national foundations. He has over 150 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMAJAMA PediatricsJournal of Youth and AdolescencePediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention and is on the editorial boards of five other scientific journals. Dr. Temple recently co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence and is now on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association.


Wednesday 21 March 2018 
17:00 - 18:30
Venue: aula M.101, de Meerminne, St-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp (M.101 = seminar room on the first floor)
The lecture is in English.

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory.