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NCJ Number: 156989 Find in a Library
Title: Children's Memories of a Physical Examination Involving Genital Touch: Implications for Reports of Child Sexual Abuse
Journal: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:(1991)  Pages:682-691
Author(s): K J Saywitz; G S Goodman; E Nicholas; S F Moan
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 10
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The primary goals of this study were to examine the influence of genital touch during a physical examination, age, type of questioning, and retention interval on children's reports, and their implications for reports of child sexual abuse.
Abstract: The subjects were 72 5- and 7-year-old girls who answered (1) free-recall questions about their visit to the doctor, (2) questions using an anatomically correct doll, and (3) direct and misleading questions about the doctor's appearance and events that occurred during the visit. Analyses of the completeness and accuracy of the children's answers showed that most vaginal and anal touch went unreported in the free-recall section of the interview, but were revealed when children were asked direct doll-aided questions. In free recall and demonstration, an age advantage was shown only for children in the nongenital condition. In this study, false reports of vaginal and anal touch from children in the nongenital condition were nonexistent in free recall and demonstration with dolls; were rare in response to direct questions. In terms of responses to direct questions, there were significant differences between the two age groups one week, but not one month, after the examination. 5 tables, 5 notes, and 36 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Child victim interviews; Crime reporting by children; Juvenile witnesses; Victims of Crime
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