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ERIC Number: ED340972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs: Effects on Early Identification.
Ullman, Douglas G.; And Others
The number of child sexual abuse prevention programs incorporated into school curricula has increased steadily in the past decade. This longitudinal study evaluated the effects of a school-based, child sexual abuse prevention program on child abuse reports in nine school districts over a five-year period. Districts had been randomly assigned to present their third grade sexual abuse prevention curriculum annually in either fall or spring. More specifically, child sexual abuse report rates from schools in the period corresponding to their program were compared to those from comparable schools without the program in that period, as well as to report rates for other types of problems and to report rates from other sources. The results provided empirical evidence that the school-based child sexual abuse prevention program increased relevant reporting behavior. These child abuse reports appeared to be as, or even more, likely to be substantiated than reports from other sources. Although there are a number of cautions to be considered, the results would appear to have implications for abuse prevention planning and implementation. For early identification to lead to early intervention, the child service agencies need to be able to respond to these rapid increases in reporting. If children and those in their support system are going to be taught to report abuse if it is suspected, then the system needs to be able to respond to those reports. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A