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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Esther Cohen

Second Committee Member

Roseann Hannon


The present study addresses two major issues . First, the need for children to develop the skills necessary t o prevent themselves fro m being molested. Second, the need for hearing impaired children to receive the same information, coping s kills, and defense strategies as their hearing counterparts. The "Safety with Strangers slide series was presented in classrooms of hearing impaired students at both the middle school level and elementary school level. Program trainers gave students information regarding stranger approaches, demonstrated the safe, appropriate (role-modeling) and gave the children opportunities to practice these safe, appropriate behaviors (behavioral rehearsal). This program was extremely effective with the middle school students, while there was no treatment effect with the younger children.



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