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Feasibility and Acceptability of a Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program for Childcare Professionals: Comparison of a Web-Based and In-Person Training

NCJ Number
241451
Journal
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse Volume: 21 Issue: 4 Dated: July - August 2012 Pages: 422-436
Author(s)
Alyssa A. Rheingold; Kristyn Zajac; Meghan Patton
Date Published
August 2012
Length
15 pages
Annotation
This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of a child sexual abuse prevention program for child care professionals provided in two different formats: in person and Web-based.
Abstract
Recent prevention research has established the efficacy of some child sexual abuse prevention programs targeting adults; however, less is known about the feasibility of implementing such programs. The current study examines the feasibility and acceptability of a child sexual abuse prevention program for child care professionals provided in two different formats: in person and Web-based. The sample consisted of 188 child care professionals from a large-scale, multisite, randomized controlled trial. Findings indicate that both in-person and online training formats are feasible to implement and acceptable to professionals. When comparing formats, the in-person format was favored in terms of comfort level and likelihood of sharing information with others. These findings have significant implications for dissemination of child sexual abuse prevention programs for child care professionals. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.