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NCJ Number: 150680 Find in a Library
Title: Age Variation in Performance Among Preschool Children in a Sexual Abuse Prevention Program
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:(1994)  Pages:85-102
Author(s): A G Nemerofsky; D T Carran; L A Rosenberg
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study assessed whether preschool children could be taught the concepts, knowledge, and skills of a primary sexual abuse prevention program and whether any variation in performance existed as a function of the child's age.
Abstract: The 1,350 3- to 6-year-old children who participated in the study included 1,044 experimental subjects and 295 controls, all of whom attended day-care centers in the metropolitan Baltimore area and were taught a prevention curriculum by their day-care teachers. All teachers had participated in an 18-hour training program designed to help them identify sexual abuse and to deliver the Children's Primary Prevention Training Program, specifically designed for these age groups. The What If Situation Test (WIST) was administered as a pretest and a posttest, six weeks after completion of the program. The results showed that all children who participated in the program demonstrated greater knowledge of personal safety rules and skills compared to controls. However, the 6-year-old children performed significantly better than the 3- and 4-year-old children. 1 figure, 1 table, and 44 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Child abuse prevention; Crime prevention planning; Juveniles; Program planning
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