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NCJ Number: 149888 Find in a Library
Title: Follow-Up Data on the Effectiveness of New Zealand's National School Based Child Protection Program
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1994)  Pages:635-643
Author(s): F Briggs; R M F Hawkins
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 9
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the methodology and results of an evaluation of New Zealand's national school-based personal safety program, Keeping Ourselves Safe.
Abstract: In 1987, in response to concerns about the high incidence of reported child sexual abuse, the Ministry of Education and New Zealand Police jointly introduced Keeping Ourselves Safe. In December 1990, 252 children were interviewed in eight primary schools, selected as representative of the ethnic, economic, and social diversity of New Zealand society. The interview schedule was designed on problemsolving lines to establish whether children could identify and respond safely to a wide range of potentially unsafe situations. One year later, 117 of the children were available for interview, using the same questionnaire. Children exposed to Keeping Ourselves Safe had retained and increased their safety strategies during that time. The variables of gender, age, race, and academic level did not affect improvement, but the number of initial gains by children with highly committed teachers was almost double the number achieved by teachers classified as having low levels of commitment. Prior to using the program, children from low socioeconomic groups had significantly lower knowledge and skill levels than their middle-class contemporaries. Middle-class children also gained more from the program. The difference in gains achieved is explained in terms of parental participation in the school program. 5 tables and 19 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Crime prevention education; Foreign crime prevention; Juveniles; New Zealand; Personal Security/Self Protection
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