Developing and testing the effectiveness of the teacher training program on child sexual development

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2014
Şahin, Gözde Nur
This study was designed to develop and examine the effectiveness of a four-session psycho-educational teacher training program about child sexual development on teachers' knowledge, views about childhood sexual behaviors and perceived competency level. Regarding these purposes, in the first phase of the study, a teacher training program about child sexuality and education, and two different instruments were developed. Psychometric properties of the instruments were tested in a pilot study with 186 teachers working with 5-12 year old children in İstanbul and Ankara. In the second phase of the study, in order to assess the effectiveness of the psycho-educational training program about child sexual development, a pretest-posttest waiting list control group experimental study was carried out in a private school in Ankara. Non-parametric test results indicated that at the end of the training, Child Sexuality and Educational Knowledge Test scores of the training group participants (n=23) were significantly higher than the control group participants' scores (n=19). Moreover, teachers participated in this training program changed their views on childhood sexual behaviors in a positive way, and comparing to the waiting list control group they discriminated developmentally natural and unnatural sexual behaviors in children more accurately.Likewise, comparing to the control group, the teachers in training group indicated that they felt more competent at the end of the training period. The results have been discussed with regards to related literature and implications of the program for teacher training and school counseling services and recommendations for future research were presented.

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G. N. Şahin, “Developing and testing the effectiveness of the teacher training program on child sexual development,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.