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NCJ Number: 140474 Find in a Library
Title: Children's Perceptions of Genital Examinations During Sexual Abuse Evaluations
Journal: Child Welfare  Volume:72  Issue:1  Dated:(January-February 1993)  Pages:41- 49
Author(s): N L Berson; M E Herman-Giddens; T E Frothingham
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 9
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The experience of the Duke University Medical Center with 514 children evaluated for child sexual abuse during 2 years beginning in March 1987 revealed that the genital examination can be highly stressful for many children and led to the use of a protocol designed to reduce this stress.
Abstract: In contrast to the complacent views that many medical examiners may have regarding the sensitivity and gentleness with which they conduct examinations, many children report extreme stress during these examinations. For some, the examination triggers memories of the sexual abuse itself. This stress can be reduced by preparing the child for the examination, by giving the child greater control, and by discussing the examination with the child and the parents afterward. However, research is needed to develop the most effective techniques for reducing children's stress during a genital examination. Case examples and 15 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Medical evaluation
Index Term(s): Child abuse detection; Child victims; Child welfare
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