Research Projects

These projects provide PCVPC with a means of developing and exploring new research activities that can be added to other PCVPC studies.

Project Success Stories

The PCVPC team is proud of the sucess of our youth anti-violence projects. Please access the PDFs below to learn more about the creation and achievements of our Youth Advisory Board, and the development and dissemination of our Safe Neighborhood Tips.

Youth Voice and Engagement in Violence Prevention
Safe Communities are Strong Communites (Safe Neighborhood Tips)

Providing Trauma-informed Assessment and Psychological Support for Assault-injured Youth and Their Families

The purpose of this study is to pilot test a trauma-informed screening and referral process for assault-injured youth who are admitted to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Trauma Service. The study will provide staff training in trauma-informed care, social worker facilitated case management following hospital discharge, and referral to community-focused SELF groups facilitated by Healing Hurt People, which are designed to assist with recovery from trauma.

Participatory Action Research to Negotiate Every Response (PARTNER)

PARTNER takes a multi-component, multi-level approach to prevent youth violence at both the individual and community level. It focuses on developing and testing the effectiveness of an aggression prevention program that combines building youth problem-solving skills and leadership with parenting/family outreach and community workshops. A systematic trial of the program, which targets 10- to 14-year-olds, is currently being conducted in six neighborhood venues.

Developing Adolescent RADAR to Screen for Dating Violence

Funded by The Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania, this project seeks to develop a brief, evidence-based screening tool for adolescent dating violence that can be used by healthcare providers and researchers.

Living Healthy in Philadelphia

This project explores individual and environmental assets and stressors experienced by youth to help us understand the trajectory of youth violence by focusing on behaviors that result from exposure to these factors. The two-phased project involved interviews with more than 20 10- to 16-year-olds and 100 youths of the same age being asked to complete a survey interview.

Safety Nets

This initiative proposes a collaborative, neighborhood-based partnership between the Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF), the Starfinder Foundation (Starfinder), Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania to provide a violence prevention education intervention focused around the nontraditional sports of tennis and soccer. It is designed for 10- to 14-year-olds in the high-risk neighborhoods of Southwest Philadelphia.

Vacant Properties Study

The purpose of this study was to determine if vacant properties increase the likelihood of aggravated assault in neighborhoods and whether the magnitude of vacant properties changes how institutions such as schools, parks/playgrounds, and police/fire stations influence the likelihood of aggravated assault.

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