The objective of the Safe and Healthy Communities Initiative is to identify the most effective comprehensive CSA prevention strategy. We will do this by implementing the three interventions in a staggered manner in the participating counties. And by specifically examining (1) the rates of CSA in the counties’ currently implementing SHCI and (2) the change in the participants of each component related to CSA knowledge, awareness, and/or behaviors.

This is an ongoing research project and we look forward to showcasing our work for years to come. Check back for more updates!

Featured research

A parent-focused child sexual abuse prevention program: Development, Acceptability, and Feasibility

Authors: Kate Guastaferro, Kathleen M. Zadzora, Jonathan M. Reader, Jenelle Shanley, & Jennie G. Noll

In this paper, we describe the multiphase process by which we developed the curriculum with feedback from experts, providers, and parents as well as the results from the initial acceptability and feasibility pilot. Results suggest that SPSHK is acceptable to both parents and facilitators:

Excellent information to help parents protect their kids from abuse.” – A facilitator

I didn’t have a least favorite part, it was overall very informational” – A parent

Feasibility testing examined whether SPSHK could realistically be delivered in a single extra session. We delivered the SPSHK module to approximately 20 parents (individual and group sessions) and determined that it was feasible to deliver the module in one additional session.

Link to paper (requires journal access).

Parent-focused sexual abuse prevention: Results from a cluster randomized trial

Authors: Kate Guastaferro, John M. Felt, Sarah A. Font, Christian M. Connell, Sheridan Miyamoto, Kathleen M. Zadzora, & Jennie G. Noll

This study tested whether a child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention program, Smart Parents–Safe and Healthy Kids (SPSHK), could be implemented as an additional module in evidence-based parent training and whether the added module might detract from the efficacy of the original program. Results indicate adding SPHSK to existing parent training can significantly enhance parents’ awareness of and readiness to engage in protective behavioral strategies. Findings also suggest that the added session did not interfere with the efficacy of the original program.

Link to paper (requires journal access).

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