ERIC Number: ED304650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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School Psychologists and Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs.
Krivacska, James J.
With heightened national attention to the problem of child sexual abuse, school districts have responded by seeking out and implementing prevention programs in an attempt to prevent abuse from occurring. Unfortunately, many such programs are based on questionable assumptions, limited understanding of how children learn and process information, and have not been empirically validated. The school psychologist with a background in child development, learning theory, psychological and educational theory and research, and an understanding of issues of program design, implementation and evaluation, is uniquely qualified to assist school districts in the selection and evaluation of child sexual abuse programs. Criteria developed for the evaluation of child sexual abuse programs cover assumptions, goals and purposes, content, presentation or implementation, and follow-up. Child sexual abuse programs must still be considered as experimental and not viewed as benign intrusions into a child's life. The limited effectiveness of child sexual abuse prevention programs needs to be recognized and a view that they serve as a panacea for preventing child sexual abuse is to be discouraged. As the research base grows, school psychologists are in an ideal position to assist decision makers in the public schools in interpreting and understanding the implications of what is being learned about child sexual abuse prevention programs, their limitations, and how they may be useful. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).