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NCJ Number: 122671 Find in a Library
Title: Child Reporting and Testimony in Incest Cases: Comments on the Construction and Reconstruction of Reality
Journal: Behavioral Sciences and the Law  Volume:6  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1988)  Pages:201-220
Author(s): J W Maddock
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: University of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station
St Paul, MN 55108
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores factors that influence the interaction between a child's experience of sexual abuse within the family and the description of that abuse in a broader social context outside the family.
Abstract: Verifying reports of intrafamilial sexual abuse has become more complex, with doubts raised about the credibility of children as reporters and witnesses. The child must respond to differing contextual cues that are likely to require opposing constructions of "reality." Thus the stage is set for uncertainty, self-contradiction, and lack of reliability. Suggestions are made for improving the handling of reported incest cases by social services and the legal system. 61 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Victim-offender relationships; Witness credibility
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Child protection laws; Child Sexual Abuse
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