Victimization prevention programs: a national survey of children's exposure and reactions.

Academic Article


  • The National Youth Victimization Prevention Study interviewed a representative sample of 2,000 U.S. children and their caretakers about the children's experience with child abuse and victimization prevention programs. Two-thirds of the children reported being exposed to at least one program at some time, 37% within the last year. Programs that gave children a chance to practice, that prompted discussions with parents, and that included information on dealing with bullies were more likely to result in utilization of the program skills. Although satisfaction levels were generally high for all groups, girls, black children, and children from lower socioeconomic status families, as well as their parents, had more positive reactions and reported more skill utilization. Some children did report, and their parents confirmed, more worry about abuse and fear of adults. However, the children with increased worry and fear were also the children who themselves and their parents reported the most positive feelings about the programs and the most skill utilization. This suggests that the level of worry and fear induced by the programs was appropriate to the subject.
  • Authors

  • Finkelhor, David
  • Dziuba-Leatherman, J
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • February 1995
  • Published In


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety
  • Child
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Abuse, Sexual
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents
  • Program Evaluation
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 7780776
  • Start Page

  • 129
  • End Page

  • 139
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2