Sexual abuse prevention: A training program for developmental disabilities service providers

Journal Article

Persons with developmental disabilities are at an increased risk for becoming victims of sexual abuse. Research has revealed that the largest group of identified perpetrators of sexual abuse is developmental disability service providers. The purpose of the present study was to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a sexual abuse prevention training program. Participants were administered a survey assessing knowledge and attitudes before and after the training workshop. Small improvements in knowledge and attitudes about sexual abuse and the sexuality of persons with developmental disabilities were found; however, ge-neral attitudes about individuals with developmental disabilities did not change. Suggestions for future directions in this area are provided. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Cited Authors

  • Bowman, RA; Scotti, JR; Morris, TL

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 119 - 127

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1053-8712

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10538711003614718