Moms and Teens for Safe Dates e-Study

About the Moms e-Study

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are studying ways to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse with a free online educational program called Moms and Teens for Safe Dates.

We are currently enrolling moms and their 12-15 year old teens in a four-week study that tests the program. The main goal of the research is to find out ways to improve the design of the program so that it is easy and fun for moms and teens to use and understand.

If you and your teen enroll, you will be one of approximately 8 families that participate in the program.

Am I eligible to participate?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have ever experienced domestic violence in the past
  • Are the mom or maternal caregiver at least one child between the ages of 12 and 15 who lives with you
  • Are willing to spend at least 1 hour per week for the next three weeks doing the program with your teen

*Additional eligibility criteria apply

What will I do in the study?

Moms and teens who participate in this study will be provided access to the Moms and Teens for Safe Dates program for three weeks. The program includes a series of online learning modules that can be done anytime, anywhere, and on any device that has internet access. There is one module that is just for moms to do and five modules for moms and teens to complete together. Moms and teens will be asked to spend 1-2 hours a week completing the program modules during the three-week study. After each module is completed, you and your teen will complete a brief anonymous online survey about your experiences with the program. Moms will also be asked to complete a brief telephone interview at the end of the study to provide feedback on their experiences with the program.

Why participate?

The online program was adapted from a series of booklets that were found to increase family cohesion and prevent teen dating abuse and is being provided to you free of charge as a participant in the Mom’s e-study. Moms and teens will each receive $20 gift cards for completing brief online surveys about their experiences with each of the program modules and the program as a whole. In total your family could receive up to $260 for completing all study activities.

What do I do if I am interested in signing up?

If you are interested in signing up, please go to our online screener to see if you are eligible to participate.

Click here to see if you are eligible!

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Moms e-study, please contact us at

This study has been reviewed and determined to not constitute human subjects research by the UNC Office of Human Research Ethics (Study #19-3239).