Evaluation of a decision-making curriculum designed to empower women with mental retardation to resist abuse

Am J Ment Retard. 2005 May;110(3):193-204. doi: 10.1352/0895-8017(2005)110<193:EOADCD>2.0.CO;2.


The effectiveness of an abuse-prevention curriculum, designed to empower women with mental retardation to become effective decision-makers able to protect themselves against abuse was examined. Thirty-six women with mental retardation were randomly assigned to either an intervention or a control group. Results indicate that the performance of the women in the intervention group was superior to that of the women in the control group on measures of knowledge, decision-making, and empowerment but not on a measure of stress management. The findings suggest that women with mental retardation can acquire effective decision-making strategies and apply them to situations of abuse in their lives.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Decision Making*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability*
  • Middle Aged
  • Power, Psychological*
  • Residential Treatment
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control*
  • Spouse Abuse / prevention & control*