The goal of this thesis is to determine the effectiveness of my non-profit organization, Open Door Abuse Awareness Prevention (ODAAP), in the fight to break the cycle of domestic abuse, by mentoring adolescent teens. Using data we collected over the 2019 summer, we conducted several non-parametric statistical examinations using the Kruskal Wallis and Wilcoxon signed-ranks test. We find significant differences between the male athletes before and after the training. The results indicate that the preventative methods taught through our programs, do indeed alter the responses, mindsets, and behavior of our young men. We interpreted our results through the lenses of Peter Sprent and Nigel C. Smeeton and concluded that teens are less likely to perpetuate abusive behavior if they are educated and taught healthy habits at an earlier age. This study contributes to the fight in ending domestic abuse in the United States.


Frazier, Marian

Second Advisor

Morrison, Jillian




Education | Life Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Domestic Violence, Abuse, Math, Statistics, Nonprofit, Prevention

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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