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Evidence and Efficacy of Stewards of Children Prevention Training
Proving that any program has prevented child sexual abuse is difficult due to the complexity, inherent secrecy, significant underreporting, and difficulty in accurate data collection. Child sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs have typically evaluated efficacy by measuring increases in participants’ knowledge, alterations in attitudes and changes in child protective behaviors.
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children curriculum has been evaluated multiple times and has consistently met these criteria. The Stewards of Children curriculum has been shown to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participant’s behavior over the long-term. Click here for an example of the Impact of Stewards.
The program has undergone four quasi-experimental studies, and a fifth 3-year study using full experimental design. Three of these studies were federally funded and the fifth study is under consideration for publication.