Real Talk Brief Intervention Study


This randomized controlled trial (RCT) study is a small scale test of the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a brief motivational interview-style intervention. The intervention will take place in the pediatric and adult emergency departments by a trained interventionist and will follow an intervention algorithm developed by a team of dating abuse and brief intervention experts. The research design is as follows: the investigators will randomize youth ages 16-21 to one of two groups: one group who receives the intervention (N=~40), and the other which does not (N=~40). The investigators will compare changes in outcomes from baseline to 3-month follow-up for those in both groups. The investigators will be looking at outcomes including dating abuse-related knowledge, attitudes about the use of violence to resolve conflict, and dating abuse behavior (perpetration and/or victimization), including alcohol-related dating abuse perpetration. Statement of study hypothesis: Those youth who participate in the brief motivational interview-style intervention will report less dating abuse perpetration at the 3-month follow-up than those in the control group.

Study Start Date

March 2014

Estimated Completion Date

February 2017


  • Behavioral: Reducing Alcohol Use and Dating Abuse Among Youth (READY)
  • Behavioral: Real Talk Intervention


  • Psychiatry: Substance Abuse
  • Family Medicine: Substance Abuse
  • Nurse Practitioner: Substance Abuse

MeSH Terms

  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Alcohol Use

Study ID

Boston University -- 5K01AA017630-04



Trial ID


Study Type


Trial Phase

Phase 1

Enrollment Quota



Boston University

Inclusion Criteria

  • 16-21 years old
  • English-speaking
  • Consumed one whole drink of alcohol in past month
  • Have used at least one form of verbal, physical or sexual aggression against a dating or sexual partner in the past three months

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patient's reason for ED visit is an acute mental health problem (e.g., suicidal ideation or attempt, severe anxiety attack)
  • Patient is a prisoner
  • Patient is determined to be potentially lethal




16 Years to 21 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
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