Linda L. Hand

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Malcolm H. Robertson

Second Advisor

Dr. Chris Koronakos

Third Advisor

Dr. David Lyon

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Research has demonstrated several factors among sexually abused males such as males sexually abused as children becoming adult sexual abusers; one in four males reporting sexual abuse; and adult emotional trauma, drug abuse, and sexual dysfunction. To break this abuse pattern, we need to focus on increasing males' reports of sexual abuse and initiating treatment.

The present study evaluated the effectiveness of an oral educational presentation in increasing males' reports of sexual abuse. It also sought prevalence information and treatment needs. Subjects were 51 males from three chemical dependency treatment centers. One control and four experimental groups were used. The independent variable was the one-hour oral presentation and the dependent variable a "yes" response to a questionnaire question, "Were you ever sexually abused?"

Results did not demonstrate a statistically significant difference. However, increases in reporting in the direction hypothesized were noted.