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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Maryka Biaggio, PhD

Second Advisor

James Lane, PhD


This study compared the effectiveness of the Behavioral skills Training program for children from two age groups. The focus of the program was on teaching children to identify inappropriate touch requests from adults and to plan their response to these requests. Kindergarten and first grade students were compared with third grade students on a measure of personal safety before and after participation in the program. There was also assessment for behavioral side effects that may have resulted from participation. The younger treatment group significantly improved in its performance on the measure of personal safety compared to the control group. The difference between the third grade treatment and control groups was nonsignificant. Neither treatment group exhibited negative behavioral effects from participation in the program. Post hoc testing indicated a significant difference between the K-l treatment and control groups and between the K-1 treatment and third grade treatment groups on the pretest.