Mississippi State University
Stratton, Kasee K.
Gadke, Daniel L.
Mazahreh, Laith G.
McCleon, Tawny E.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Campus Access Only
Educational Psychology (School Psychology Focus)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations
Several research studies have suggested that individuals with ID are at an increased risk of being a target of victimization (Hughes et al., 2012; Wilson et al.,1992). Therapists, caregivers, primary care providers, and school staff may also undervalue or fail to teach critical safety skills early in childhood or in the adolescent years, which increases risk of victimization in adulthood (Dembo et al., 2018). The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness, generalizability, and maintenance of the use of behavior skills training to teach stranger safety skills to young adults with intellectual disabilities. Specifically, a two-step safety response in the presence of a lure from a stranger. Overall, the current study’s results demonstrate that the intervention was effective at teaching this population stranger safety skills. Results of the current study also suggest that the target skill was generalizable across settings and maintained at a 13 week follow up. Furthermore, the intervention was rated high for social validity among most participants. Future studies should continue to explore the effectiveness, generalizability, and maintenance of these results.
Meyers, Lauren M., "Evaluating the effectiveness of behavioral skills training to increase stranger safety skills in adults with intellectual disabilities" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5617.