Evaluation of an innovative tool for child sexual abuse education

Deborah Winders Davis, Gloria Pressley-Mcgruder, V. Faye Jones, Deborah Potter, Michael Rowland, Melissa Currie, Bruce Gale

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Child sexual abuse poses a serious threat to public health and is often unreported, unrecognized, and untreated. Prevention, early recognition, and treatment are critically important to reduce long-term effects. Little data are available on effective methods of preventing child sexual abuse. The current research demonstrates a unique approach to promoting awareness and stimulating discussion about child sexual abuse. Qualitative methods have rarely been used to study child sexual abuse prevention. Qualitative inductive analyses of interviews from 20 key informants identified both positive and negative assessments with six emergent themes. The themes revealed inherent tensions in using narrative accounts to represent the complex cultural context within which child sexual abuse occurs. More research is needed, but the program shows potential as a methodology to raise awareness of child sexual abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-397
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 1 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded through the Office of Community Engagement and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville. The authors would also like to thank Lesa Ryan for her work on the project and the professionals who gave their time and valuable insights.


  • prevention
  • psychodrama
  • qualitative methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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