Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 672–685 | Cite as

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Financial Literacy Curriculum for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Original Paper

Abstract

Financial literacy programs are quickly gaining in popularity around the globe. A relatively new target group is survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), an economically vulnerable group for whom resource acquisition is related to personal safety and well-being. This study is a randomized controlled trial of a financial literacy curriculum designed for and delivered to a sample of 300 IPV survivors from 14 agencies in seven US states and Puerto Rico. Findings, based on difference-in-difference analyses and OLS regression models, indicate a strong effect of the curriculum on self-reported financial knowledge and behaviors and support the expansion of similar programs for survivors.

Keywords

Financial literacy Financial education Intimate partner violence Low-income families Program evaluation Randomized controlled trial (RCT) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Hetling
    • 1
  • Judy L. Postmus
    • 2
  • Cecilia Kaltz
    • 1
  1. 1.Bloustein School of Planning and Public PolicyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Center on Violence Against Women & Children, School of Social WorkRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA

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