Evaluation of a sexual abuse prevention program for adults with mental retardation

J Appl Behav Anal. Spring 1998;31(1):91-101. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1998.31-91.


Programs to teach sexual abuse prevention skills to persons with mental retardation have rarely been evaluated empirically, and typical evaluations are limited to assessment of the participants' knowledge rather than their performance of specific skills. In the present study, 6 adult women with mental retardation were trained in sexual abuse prevention, and performance was assessed using four separate measures: pretests and posttests of knowledge, verbal report, role play, and naturalistic probes. All women learned the skills but failed to exhibit them to criterion during the probes. We discuss the implications for further training and assessment of sexual abuse prevention skills.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education of Intellectually Disabled*
  • Female
  • Group Homes
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Rape / prevention & control*
  • Rape / psychology
  • Role Playing
  • Sex Education*