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NCJ Number: 113651 Find in a Library
Title: Interaction of Normal Children with Anatomical Dolls
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:12  Issue:3  Dated:(1988)  Pages:295-304
Author(s): A B Sivan; D P Schor; G K Koeppl; L D Noble
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Iowa Dept of Human Rights
Des Moines, IA 50319
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because clinical studies have shown that play with sexually-explicit rag dolls reflects accurately the experiences of a young child, evidence of the play has been accepted as evidence by courts. To test the validity of this evidence, this study examined how 144 children between the ages of 3 to 8 who had not been sexually abused interacted in their play with anatomical dolls.
Abstract: The children were observed in a playroom containing the special dolls during three conditions: (1) with an adult present, (2) without an adult, and (3) with the dolls undressed. Nonabused children found the sexually explicit dolls no more interesting than other toys and exhibited little aggression and no explicit sexual activity. The study reinforces the need to take the aggressive and sexually explicit play of abused children seriously. 5 references. 6 tables.
Main Term(s): Anatomically correct dolls
Index Term(s): Sex offense investigations
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