Some Said Too Young for Abuse Programs

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A new study on the effectiveness of child-abuse-prevention programs concludes that preschoolers are too young to benefit from them and funds should be shifted into programs for older children.

In a two-year study by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, 118 preschoolers in seven child-abuse programs were interviewed before and after they received the instruction.

Neil Gilbert, professor of social welfare and head of the study, said children younger than 6 could not grasp the concepts they were being taught, such as the difference between a "good touch" and a "bad touch."

California, like several other states, requires all publicly funded preschools, junior highs, and high schools to offer such training. This year, the state has budgeted $10.4 million for that purpose.--lj

Vol. 07, Issue 25

Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories