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Rehabil Psychol. 2010 May;55(2):97-107. doi: 10.1037/a0019422.

Efficacy of a computerized abuse and safety assessment intervention for women with disabilities: a randomized controlled trial.

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Center for Research on Women with Disabilities, Baylor College of Medicine, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effects of a computerized disability-specific abuse assessment intervention on abuse awareness, safety self-efficacy, and safety promoting behaviors of women with diverse disabilities.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

A randomized control group design was used, with the intervention group completing the assessment intervention both at Time 1 (T1) and 3 months later at Time 2 (T2) and control participants completing it for the first time at T2. Analyses compared intervention and control groups at T2 and evaluated change over time in intervention group participants. The relationship between outcome variables (abuse awareness, safety self-efficacy, safety behaviors) was also explored.

RESULTS:

The intervention group had greater abuse awareness than the control group at T2, and abuse awareness increased from T1 to T2 among women in the intervention group, particularly among women who had experienced little or no abuse in the past year. Both abuse awareness and safety self-efficacy were significantly related to safety behaviors.

CONCLUSIONS:

The computerized program offers promise as a nonthreatening method of conducting abuse assessments among women with disabilities while also serving as an intervention to enhance abuse awareness.

PMID:
20496965
DOI:
10.1037/a0019422
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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