Development of a Safety Awareness Group Intervention for Women With Diverse Disabilities: A Pilot Study

Rosemary B. Hughes, Susan Robinson-Whelen, Alison C. Pepper, Joy Gabrielli, Emily M. Lund, Joanna Legerski, Michelle Schwartz

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Abstract

Objective: Describe the development and preliminary evaluation of a safety awareness program for women with disabilities. Design: Baseline and postintervention questionnaires administered to a sample of women who completed a safety awareness program. Participants: Seven women with diverse disabilities. Intervention: Eight interactive sessions designed to increase protective factors. Setting: Community site for persons with disabilities. Main Outcomes: Safety self-efficacy, safety skills, social support/isolation, and safety promoting behaviors. Results: Significant increases from baseline to postintervention were found on measures of self-efficacy and safety skills. Although not statistically significant, improvements were also found in safety promoting behavior. Conclusion: Despite the small sample, findings suggest that participation in a safety awareness program may improve protective factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Abuse
  • Disability
  • Intervention
  • Safety
  • Violence
  • Women

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