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NCJ Number: 137066 Find in a Library
Title: Sexually Exploited Children: Assessing Competency To Testify (From Child Trauma I Issues and Research, P 211-229, 1992, Ann Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-137060)
Author(s): C A Grant
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Type: Measurement/Evaluation Device
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter presents a child competency tool for clinicians who interview children suspected of being victims of sexual abuse.
Abstract: Fifty videotaped interviews were analyzed by means of content analysis. Through the use of coding instructions, the content of each videotaped interview was coded according to four competency categories: personal, interpersonal, academic, and truthfulness competency. Content that indicated sexual exploitation was coded according to a separate category for abuse. The content was analyzed with the use of predetermined categories that were developed from the competency requirements of the Federal Rules of Evidence. The coding instrument that analyzed the videotapes proved reliable among legal experts in child sexual abuse. The competency categories assessed the child's mental capacity, ability to communicate facts, and memory. Coding the content into categories permitted assessment of the child's memory through an examination of the child's capacity to recall events, separate fact from fantasy, and maintain the memories independently. Study limitations are noted. 46 references and an appended competency checklist
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Competency to testify
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Juvenile witnesses; Witness credibility
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