Protect Yourself: Abuse Prevention for People With Intellectual Disabilities

Protect Yourself: Abuse Prevention for People With Intellectual Disabilities


Lead Sponsor: Double S Instructonal Systems

Collaborator: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Source Double S Instructonal Systems
Brief Summary

The purpose of this study is to help individuals and their caregivers develop a plan on how to recognize, deal with and respond to abusive situations.

Detailed Description

The goal of this project is to address the current deficiencies by creating a program that will guide individuals who have intellectual disabilities and a Learning Partner (LP - care provider, relative, group home staff) in developing a comprehensive Individual Response Plan (IRP) that can be used before, during, and after an abusive event. Behavioral skills training and behavioral relaxation training -- two instructional approaches with evidence for effectiveness in this population -- will be included to address the unique learning needs of people who have intellectual disabilities and to maximize opportunities for skill-based learning. Video and workbook activities will train the LP to effectively implement the abuse prevention and response strategies, thus increasing the potential for generalization in the natural environment and long-term maintenance of skills.

Overall Status Not yet recruiting
Start Date September 4, 2021
Completion Date August 31, 2022
Primary Completion Date June 30, 2022
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Abuse Protection Concept Questionnaire Pre, post (9 weeks), and 2 month follow-up
Abuse Protection Decision Making and Task Analysis Check Sheet Pre, post (9 weeks), and 2 month follow-up
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Glascow Social Self-Efficacy Scale Pre, post (9 weeks), and 2 month follow-up
Test of Interpersonal Competence and Personal Vulnerability Pre, post (9 weeks), and 2 month follow-up
Social Vulnerability Questionnaire Pre, post (9 weeks), and 2 month follow-up
Enrollment 100

Intervention Type: Behavioral

Intervention Name: Abuse Prevention Program

Description: The abuse prevention program will be comprised of nine shared learning modules for the individual with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and a care provider. Each shared module will contain an action step in the Individual Response Plan and will include video, guided practice and workbook activities to equip persons with ID with a range of judgment, decision-making skills and the efficacy needed for identifying, rejecting, and reporting abuse.

Arm Group Label: Abuse Prevention Program Condition

Intervention Type: Behavioral

Intervention Name: Control Condition

Description: The control group will receive worksheets from the ESCAPE-NOW curriculum.

Arm Group Label: Control condition



Inclusion Criteria:

- has moderate to mild mental retardation based on IQ scores ranging from 40-70

- is over 18 years old. --the participant must be able to do three of the following four skills (1) complete a simple worksheet with assistance, (2) go on simple errands alone, (3) recognize 10 or more words by site, (4) read a digital clock.

Exclusion Criteria:

- individuals who have experienced traumatic abuse and experiences symptoms suggestive of trauma, such as flashbacks, nightmares, and chronic anxiety and/or depression that is resistant to standard pharmacological and psychotherapy/behavior interventions.

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Healthy Volunteers: No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Martin R. Sheehan, Ph.D. Principal Investigator Research Director
Overall Contact

Last Name: Martin R Sheehan, Ph.D.

Phone: 641-603-0304

Email: [email protected]

Facility: Contact: Contact Backup: Double S Instructional Systems Martin Sheehan, Ph.D 541-603-0304 [email protected]
Location Countries

United States

Verification Date

July 2020

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 2
Arm Group

Label: Abuse Prevention Program Condition

Type: Experimental

Description: The abuse prevention program will address: (1) BEFORE -- (a) Learning about problem of abuse and what abuse is; (b) Knowing about types of abuse, who the abusers are and where abuse happens; (c) Planning ahead and identifying safe people; (2) DURING -- (a) Rejecting abuse by saying "no;" (b) Getting away if possible/staying safe and paying attention, (c) Staying calm and getting home; and (3) AFTER -- (a) Telling your safe person, (b) Knowing what to do and what not to do, and (c) Reporting the abuse and getting help to cope with the event.

Label: Control condition

Type: Active Comparator

Description: During the study the control group will receive 12 activity sheets from the ESCAPE-NOW curriculum. Six activity sheets will be given at the initial meeting and half way through the study the remaining activity sheets will be mailed to the dyads. We chose these activity sheets because they provide abuse information that was designed for individuals with ID.

Acronym AP4ID
Patient Data Yes
Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Primary Purpose: Prevention

Masking: None (Open Label)