Teachers knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse and their perceptions of teaching related materials

Ryan, Francine M. (1989) Teachers knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse and their perceptions of teaching related materials. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to measure teacher knowledge and attitudes about child sexual abuse, and their perceptions on the instruction of related material. The study was confined to 176 junior high school teachers in four school districts. It was carried out with the use of a survey instrument developed by the researcher. The survey consisted of three components: (a) knowledge; (b) attitudinal statements; and (c) biographical information. The data was analyzed by means of descriptive statistics such as standard deviations, regressions, correlations and factor analysis. -- The results of the study revealed that teacher knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse are very low. Further, none of the background variables, which included age and sex, were found to be indicators of teachers knowledge. On the other hand, the study did reveal a strong correlation between teacher's belief in the value of the school as an agent of prevention, and the disbelief that personal safety programs would have a more negative than positive impact. -- Given the exploratory nature of this research, it is not surprising that a number of hypothesized relationships were found to be non-existent. However, the nonexistence of some believed relationships is very relevant as well. -- The major recommendations to emanate from this study include the need for teacher education in this area as well as the development and implementation of sexual abuse awareness programs for adolescents. The implementation of relevant school board policy is also strongly recommended.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5176
Item ID: 5176
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 82-89.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1989
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Sexually abused children; Child abuse--Prevention; Home and school

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