ERIC Number: ED223739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluation of the Personal Safety Project: A Preventative Approach to Child Sexual Misuse. Research Report 82-04.
LaTorre, Ronald A.
The Personal Safety Project was conducted at an elementary school in Vancouver, British Columbia to prevent child sexual misuse/abuse. Awareness and information workshops were held for teachers and parents, while a personal safety workshop was given for children to help them to identify exploitative touch situations and to call for appropriate assistance when needed. Questionnaire surveys indicated that teachers responded better to hypothetical situations (a child complaining of being sexually misused) and felt more comfortable about discussing sexual misuse in class after participating in the workshop. Parents indicated greater likelihood of believing children's complaints of sexual misuse and greater ease in discussing sexual topics at home after attending the workshop, but showed no improvement in knowing where to get appropriate assistance for a child's sexual misuse complaint. In an experimental situation in which first and fifth graders were examined for their ability to terminate a discomforting touch (a continuous handshake), all fifth graders who attended the program, but only 1 out of 10 first graders, successfully terminated the touch. In questionnaire responses, students showed improved awareness of potentially dangerous situations, indicated that they valued their bodies more, and demonstrated greater self-esteem after the program. Observed behavior problems decreased for intermediate students and remained constant for primary students after the program. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vancouver Board of School Trustees (British Columbia). Education Services Group.
Identifiers: British Columbia (Vancouver); Canada; Sexual Harassment
Note: A publication of the Evaluation and Research Services Office, Program Resources.