Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 143–167

Impact of the RIPP Violence Prevention Program on Rural Middle School Students

  • Albert D. Farrell
  • Robert F. Valois
  • Aleta L. Meyer
  • Ritchie P. Tidwell


The effectiveness of Responding In Peaceful and Positive Ways (RIPP), a violence prevention program originally developed for urban middle schools serving a predominantly African American student population, was evaluated in rural schools serving an ethnically diverse student population. A between-school design was used to compare outcomes over two years for a cohort of students at four intervention schools where the RIPP program was implemented and four no-intervention control schools. Although results were not consistent across all measures and time points, several significant intervention effects were found on self-report measures of aggression, victimization, life satisfaction and mediating variables including knowledge and attitudes.

adolescents youth violence school-based prevention program replication prevention in rural schools 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert D. Farrell
    • 1
  • Robert F. Valois
    • 2
  • Aleta L. Meyer
    • 1
  • Ritchie P. Tidwell
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond
  2. 2.Arnold School of Public HealthUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia
  3. 3.Tidwell and Associates, Inc.Columbia

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