skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 142296 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(March-April 1993)  Pages:271-279
Author(s): L Chantler; L Pelco; P Mertin
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used child subjects, from Adelaide, Australia, who were divided into three groups: The sexually abused group consisting of 26 children assessed as having been sexually abused, the clinic group consisting of 37 children referred for behavioral or academic problems not related to suspected sexual abuse, and the community group consisting of 39 children who attended a public school during the study period.
Abstract: Using the Louisville Behavior Checklist and a test of human figure drawings, the researchers assessed whether statistically significant differences existed between the groups and whether reliable identification of sexual abuse victims could be made using scores from these two instruments. Discriminant function analysis showed significant differences between the groups on variables including internalized behavior problems, externalized behavior problems, and emotional indicators. However, use of these scores to classify individual children as sexually abused or nonabused produced substantial misclassifications, particularly between the sexually abused and clinic-referred groups. While, as a group, the sexually abused children scored higher on the Louisville subscales and drew more emotional indicators in their human figure drawings, the variability of individual scores within each group allowed some sexually abused subjects to score lower than children in either the clinic or community groups. 3 tables and 27 references
Main Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Australia; Behavior patterns; Child abuse detection; Discriminant analysis
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.