Adapting prevention programs for virtual delivery: A case study in adapting a parent-focused child sexual abuse prevention module

Kate Guastaferro, Mia Melchior, Alexis Murphy-Costanzo, S. Sunshine, Alexis Neimeyer, Sydni Stewart, Jennie Noll

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Background: Evolving and emerging contexts require interventions to respond and adapt. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a quick adaptation from in-person to virtual delivery. Not only were there few programs able to transition to virtual delivery, there was a lack of parent-focused CSA-prevention programs. The current study describes the responsive adaptation of a parent-focused child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention module (Smart Parents—Safe and Healthy Kids; SPSHK) for virtual delivery. Design and methods: This two-phase study used mixed-methods to inform and pilot test adaptations to the virtual module. In Phase 1, parenting providers with and without experience delivering SPSHK (N = 110) completed anonymous surveys and a subsample (n = 27) subsequently participated in brief interviews elaborate on challenges and needed adaptations for virtual platforms. Results: Providers indicated the greatest technological difficulties with parents’ access to technology noting the inability to use a screensharing function. Thus, providers recommended no adaptations for the virtual delivery of SPSHK. In Phase 2, the virtual SPSHK module was piloted with nine parents. Results demonstrated virtual SPSHK was acceptable and feasibly implemented. Pre-posttest assessments indicated increases in parents’ CSA-related awareness and use of protective behaviors. Conclusion: The current study suggests the promise of virtual SPSHK implementation and may act as a blueprint for other parent-focused CSA-prevention programs, but also more general parenting programs, considering virtual delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Public Health Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2023


  • Virtual delivery
  • child sexual abuse
  • health promotion
  • intervention adaptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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