Educational or Curriculum

It’s Your Game . . . Keep It Real (IYG)

Initiative Description: It’s Your Game . . . Keep It Real (IYG) a program to reduce dating violence among ethnic-minority middle school youths, a population at high risk for dating violence. IYG includes both classroom- and computer-based activities in a 24-lesson curriculum (12 lessons in seventh grade, 12 lessons in eighth grade). Computer-based activities are set within a virtual world environment and include interactive skills-training exercises, peer role model videos, quizzes, animations, fact sheets, and “real world” style adolescent serials. Select activities are tailored by gender and sexual experience. In addition to group-based classroom activities, the curriculum includes 6 parent–child homework activities and individualized journaling activities at each grade level to help students personalize information.

Study Results: IYG significantly reduced 3 of 4 dating violence outcomes among ethnic-minority middle school youths.

Reference: Peskin, M. F., Markham, C. M., Shegog, R., Baumler, E. R., Addy, R. C., & Tortolero, S. R. (2014). Effects of the It’s Your Game . . . Keep It Real Program on dating violence in ethnic-minority middle school youths: A group randomized trial. American Journal of Public Health, 104(8), 1471–1477.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good