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ERIC Number: ED342472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Pages: 13
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Assessing Preschoolers' Fears Following a Sexual Abuse Education Program.
Kiemel, Karen B.; Bogat, G. Anne
This study examined the possibility that children's participation in a sexual abuse prevention program would lead to an increase in their fears of sexual abuse, benign touches, and normal childhood situations. Also examined was the relation of children's knowledge of sexual abuse prevention concepts to their fears of sexual abuse. Participants were 117 three- to six-year-olds from four preschools. A sexual abuse prevention program that used interactive lessons and puppets was implemented. Before and after completion of the program, children were individually administered several measures. In terms of the program's effect on children's fear, results showed that neither the experimental group nor the control group revealed a significant increase in any type of fear. Also, children with greater fear of sexual abuse knew more prevention concepts at the time of pretesting than did children with less fear. It is suggested that a sexual abuse education program for preschoolers can be offered without incurring unreasonable fears in the children, and that being a little scared of sexual abuse does not inhibit children's ability to think constructively about sexual abuse prevention. Appended are 14 references and related materials. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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