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NCJ Number: 148204 Find in a Library
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(February 1994)  Pages:139-153
Author(s): B W Boat; M D Everson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a sample of 223 2- to 5-year-old children, this study examined the contributions of age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status to differences in nonabused children's interactions with anatomical dolls.
Abstract: Interaction was measured through spontaneous undressing, exploration of genitals and breasts, touching genitals and breasts, kissing between dolls, kissing between doll and child, clear intercourse positioning, and suggestive intercourse positioning. Older children were less prone to manually explore the dolls, more prone to demonstrate doll-to- doll kissing, and more likely to simulate suggestive intercourse between the dolls. Black children were more likely to engage in these latter two behaviors than white children. While 2-year-old children were active in undressing and exploring the dolls, none displayed any sexualized behavior with the dolls. The only children who demonstrated clear intercourse positioning when the interviewer was present were low socioeconomic status black boys, ages 4 and 5. Displays such as these, among children who were not sexually abused, should caution professionals against treating such behaviors as indications of sexual abuse without exploring alternative ways a young child could obtain such knowledge. 7 tables and 20 references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Anatomically correct dolls; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Courts; Juveniles; Police child abuse training
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