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ERIC Number: EJ1125843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Effectiveness of IMPACT:Ability to Improve Safety and Self-Advocacy Skills in Students with Disabilities--Follow-Up Study
Dryden, Eileen M.; Desmarais, Jeffrey; Arsenault, Lisa
Journal of School Health, v87 n2 p83-89 Feb 2017
Background: Research shows that individuals with disabilities are more likely to experience abuse than their peers without disabilities. Yet, few evidenced-based abuse prevention interventions exist. This study examines whether positive outcomes identified previously in an evaluation of IMPACT:Ability were maintained 1 year later. Methods: A survey measuring safety and self-advocacy knowledge, confidence, and behaviors among special education high-school students was administered 12 months post-training. Paired samples t-tests were used to compare baseline to follow up and postsurvey to follow up and repeated measures analyses were conducted to test the effect of time across the 3 time points (baseline, post, and 1-year follow up) (N = 47). Results: Follow-up study participants had a range of disabilities, just over half were boys, and most were either black or Latino/Hispanic. Difference between scores at baseline and follow-up for all the measures of interest represented gains from baseline. Statistically significant post-training improvements in participants' safety and self-advocacy knowledge and confidence were maintained 1-year later. Conclusions: These results provide additional support for the case that IMPACT:Ability is a promising safety and self-advocacy training program for diverse groups of students with disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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