Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Journalism and Mass Communications

First Advisor

Robert McKeever


For over thirty years, efforts have been made by child sexual abuse (CSA) advocates to attract and engage parents in child sexual abuse prevention education programs. This study provided parents with CSA prevention education about how to talk to their children about CSA and assessed their attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control, and behavioral intentions to perform this behavior utilizing the Theory of Planned Behavior. A follow-up survey was conducted to find out if the parents actually performed the behavior of talking to their children and what they talked to them about. The results were 1) that all of the parents displayed high levels of intentions to talk to their children and that 2) they had a discussion with their children using many of the suggestions and language recommended in the intervention program.


© 2019, Jane Long Weatherred