The effect of preventive psychosocial interventions directed towards mothers and children on children's knowledge about protection from sexual abuse

J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2021 Nov;34(4):294-302. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12334. Epub 2021 May 31.

Abstract

Problem: Sexual abuse is a multidimensional public health problem that concerns all communities. Primary-level preventive approaches in the fight against sexual abuse have an important place. However, research involving parents in sexual abuse prevention interventions with children is limited. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of preventive psychosocial interventions directed towards mothers and their children on children's knowledge about protection from sexual abuse.

Methods: The study has a quasi-experimental, comparative design with a control group and a pretest/posttest. The participants were assigned into four groups; namely, control, mother psychoeducation, child psychoeducation and mother-child psychoeducation.

Findings: Significant difference was determined within and between the groups in the mean scores of the Good Touch Bad Touch Curriculum test (p < 0.001).

Conclusion: The preventive psychosocial intervention simplemented to mothers and their children increase children's knowledge about protection from sexual abuse.

Keywords: child; mother; nursing; sexual abuse prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mothers*
  • Parents
  • Psychosocial Intervention
  • Sex Offenses*
  • Sexual Behavior