Publications

Garden of the Gods Colorado Springs

Dr. Wurtele has authored over 80 articles and chapters
the majority focused on prevention of childhood sexual abuse

Included below are recent publications, along with the ‘What If’ Situations Test (WIST) for use in evaluating children’s body-safety knowledge and skills.

Wurtele, S. K. (2009). Preventing sexual abuse of children in the 21st century: Preparing for challenges and opportunities. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 18, 1-18.

Wurtele, S. K. (2008). Behavioral approaches to educating young children and their parents about child sexual abuse prevention. The Journal of Behavior Analysis of Offender and Victim Treatment and Prevention, 1(1), 52-64.

Simons, D., Wurtele, S. K., & Durham, R. D. (2008). Developmental experiences of child sexual abusers and rapists. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 549-560.

Wurtele, S. K., & Kenny, M. C. (2010). Partnering with parents to prevent childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse Review, 19 130-152

Wurtele, S. K. (2009). WIST ('What If' Situations Test). The WIST contains six scales designed to assess children's abilities to recognize, resist, and report inappropriate touching. It has been administered to children as young as three years and can be used up to mental age of eight. It is designed to be read to the child participant during an individual interview. Internal and test-retest reliabilities of the six scales met research standards (Cronbach's alphas ranged from .75 to .90; Pearson r's ranged from .60 to .84) supporting the internal consistency and temporal stability of the WIST.