Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


The purpose of this literature review is to evaluate the use of child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention programs with elementary school children. Being that child sexual abuse is a multifaceted problem, there are many aspects to examine among the larger issue at hand. Through the use of thorough research, these aspects were identified. First, recognizing risk factors of child sexual abuse aid in identifying vulnerable children. Second, parental involvement in prevention programs is essential. Parents must acquire the knowledge and tools they need to create safe environments for their children, as well as be able to openly and affectively discuss this topic with their children (Walsh & Brandon, 2012). Another necessary component in implementing prevention programs is to be culturally sensitive. All genders, races, and ethnicities must be considered and included (Pulido, Dauber, Tully, Hamilton, Smith, & Freeman, 2015). Additionally, several prevention programs that have been previously used in elementary schools are examined to identify effective characteristics of child sexual abuse prevention programs. Lastly, other areas of focus such as, resiliency, healthy coping skills, and assisting children identify systems of support help give children the opportunity to overcome their trauma. Each of these aspects are essential in the creation and implementation of a successful child sexual abuse prevention program.

Keywords: child sexual abuse, prevention programs, effectiveness

Included in

Counseling Commons



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