Design. Using a randomized controlled design to assign schools in a large school district in the Southwest, schools were categorized as either a curriculum implementation or a control site. The resulting assignment included 2,891 youth in the curriculum implementation condition who will be compared to 3,224 youth in the control condition schools. An approximate total of 6,115 students will be included across 14 randomized schools, with children participants spanning Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Methods. Measures were designed to assess the efficacy of the curriculum in increasing children’s knowledge of safety risks and self-protection strategies. Measures’ content validity was addressed in a previous pilot test of the instrument with 896 students. This RCT used a pre/post/follow-up study design to assess student gains. The lessons were aligned with the Common Core State Standards and U.S. national health and safety standards. Data analysis will be conducted using SPSS software. Demographic items, overall knowledge scores, and statistically significant scores within and between RCT group and grade level differences will be reported. Each analysis will be performed to determine overall efficacy including results stratified by grade level.
Results. Preliminary results of efficacy testing will be presented following initial data analysis that will be completed in Spring 2019.
Conclusions. Study results will show the degree of efficacy of this child abuse prevention curriculum, informing school systems and policy makers hoping to choose evidence-based programs to prevent child maltreatment and improve family health.