ERIC Number: ED240476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Training Teachers to Identify and Intervene with Abused Children.
Hazzard, Ann; Rupp, Gary
Teachers are a potentially helpful resource for abused children, but generally lack training in child abuse identification and intervention. Elementary and junior high school teachers (N=104) were surveyed concerning their abuse-related experience, knowledge and attitudes. Sixty-eight percent of the teachers reported 3 or fewer hours of education about child abuse, and 62 percent reported no prior experience with abuse cases. Half of the teachers (N=51) were then randomly assigned to participate in a one-day training workshop on child abuse. Repeated measures analyses revealed that treatment teachers, compared to control teachers, increased in knowledge about child abuse and developed more sympathetic attitudes toward the abusive parent. A 6-month follow-up using self-report data revealed no significant differences between groups in the number of cases of child abuse identified or reported. However, treatment teachers were significantly: (1) more likely to talk with individual students to determine if abuse was occurring; (2) more likely to give a class presentation on child abuse; (3) less likely to report the use of physical punishment in the classroom; and (4) more likely to discuss child abuse with colleagues. Interestingly, the only reported and/or suspected cases of sexual abuse came from the treatment group. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).