Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Cheryl Poche

Second Advisor

Dr. Joetta Long

Third Advisor

Dr. Galen Alessi

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study investigated the effectiveness of a videotape training program to teach self-protective skills to preschool children. Children were taught to say, "I have to ask my teacher/parent," and to run to their teacher/parent when presented with one of two lures commonly used by child molesters. The videotape incorporated the direct instructional techniques of active pupil responding; the model, lead, and test format; and use of minimally different stimuli to teach children to discriminate between correct and incorrect responses. The results showed that although none of the subjects showed any improvement in responding after only one viewing, five of the seven subjects showed improved responding following the second viewing. Following the third viewing, two subjects showed complete acquisition of the target responses, one showed further improvement, and two subjects reverted to baseline response levels.