An Exploratory Study of a Computer-Assisted Abuse Awareness and Safety Planning Program for Men With Disabilities: The Men's Safer and Stronger Program

Mary Oschwald, Emily M. Lund, Allyn Latorre, Rollin Shelton, Rosemary B. Hughes, Bob Liston, Michael C. Flaherty, Laurie E. Powers

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Abstract

Interpersonal violence (IPV) is a serious and often unrecognized problem for men with disabilities (MWD). However, abuse awareness programs and outcome measures have not been systematically evaluated in MWD. This article reports findings from an exploratory study (n = 31) of the Safer and Stronger Program for Men with Disabilities (Men's SSP), an audio computer-assisted self-interview (ACASI) abuse awareness program. Preliminary findings suggest it is sensitive toward detecting abuse and it allows MWD to privately and independently self-identify IPV experiences. Preliminary psychometric data on a battery of abuse and safety awareness outcome measures suggest that they are reliable in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-109
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • Access
  • advocacy
  • attitude toward disability
  • gender equity
  • intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • peers
  • self-determination
  • self-esteem
  • strength-based perspective
  • trauma

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