Training and generalization of sexual abuse prevention skills for women with mental retardation

J Appl Behav Anal. Fall 1999;32(3):385-8. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1999.32-385.


Previous research has shown that behavioral skills training to teach sexual abuse prevention skills to women with mental retardation results in skill acquisition but poor generalization. In this investigation we evaluated procedures for enhancing generalization following training. Five women with mental retardation received 10 behavioral skills training sessions followed by in situ training when the skills did not fully generalize. Behavioral skills training resulted in skill acquisition and in situ training produced generalized responding during naturalistic assessments.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods
  • Female
  • Generalization, Psychological*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control*
  • Teaching*