Prevention of child sexual abuse: Implications of programme evaluation research

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Title: Prevention of child sexual abuse: Implications of programme evaluation research
Authors: MacIntyre, Deirdre
Carr, Alan
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Date: May-2000
Abstract: Thirty child abuse prevention programme evaluation studies were selected according to a set of methodological criteria following an extensive manual and computer literature search. Targets for intervention in 17 studies were children; in 3 were parents; in 4 were teachers; and in 6 studies multisystemic programmes were evaluated where some combination of children, parents and teachers were targeted for intervention. From a review of the 30 studies it was concluded that child abuse prevention programmes can lead to significant gains in children's, parents' and teachers' safety knowledge and skills. Best practice guidelines arising from the review include the use of multisystemic programmes; child-focused curricula which cover a wide range of safety skills and concepts; and the use of didactic instruction and discussion; video modeling; and active behavioural skills training techniques in programme delivery. The curricula for parents' and teachers' programmes should cover child-protection issues and local child protection procedures along with an overview of the children's programme lesson plans. Longer programmes conducted by trained staff are preferable and such staff may include teachers, parents, mental health professionals and law enforcement officers.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Journal: Child Abuse Review
Volume: 9
Issue: 3
Start page: 183
End page: 199
Copyright (published version): 2000 Wiley-Blackwell
Keywords: Child abuse preventionSafety skillsEvaluation
DOI: 10.1002/1099-0852(200005/06)9:3<183::AID-CAR595>3.0.CO;2-I
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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