Smart Kids /Safe Kids: Evaluation of a child sexual abuse prevention program

Misti Allison Counts, Tennessee State University


A study was conducted to evaluate the amount of knowledge retained by students participating in the Smart Kids/Safe Kids sexual abuse prevention program. Permission was granted from The Rape and Sexual Abuse Center of Nashville, TN and The Metropolitan Nashville Public School System to assess archival data collected during the presentation of the Smart Kids/Safe Kids program. Paired samples t-tests were used to statistically measure the change in scores on the Smart Kids Retention Test (SKRT) from the pre-test to post-test conditions. Participants included elementary students of a large public school system. Ages ranged from 6 to 13 years. First, second, third, and fourth grade classes were included as participants. Control and experimental groups were assigned. Findings suggested that the program effectively taught the prevention skills expressed in the program's objectives.

Subject Area

Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

Misti Allison Counts, "Smart Kids /Safe Kids: Evaluation of a child sexual abuse prevention program" (2003). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3107456.