Abstract

The purpose of this research was to assess and evaluate selected college students' perception of and knowledge and awareness about sexual abuse of children. In order to collect data a 29-item survey was developed and administered to students in selected classrooms in Minnesota State University, Mankato campus regarding their perception, knowledge, awareness, and prevention strategies of sexual abuse of children; as well as demographic information. The findings from the quantitative analysis for each research question are presented in this study. The findings of the study indicated there were college students who do have much knowledge and awareness about sexual abuse of children. However, finding also showed that there were number of college students who lacked knowledge and awareness about sexual abuse of children. Recommendations for further study included conducting the study with other college students at other universities, investigating barriers that prevent college students from knowledge or awareness about sexual abuse of children. To conclude, health educators can provide educational child sexual abuse prevention strategies to college students by incorporating information about sexual abuse of children into general education health related classes taken by undergraduate students and campus educational campaigns.

Advisor

Judith K. Luebke

First Committee Member

Shannon J. Miller

Second Committee Member

Stephen E. Bohnenblust

Date of Degree

2013

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health Science

College

Allied Health and Nursing

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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