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NCJ Number: 157016 Find in a Library
Title: Memories of Abuse: Interviewing Children When Sexual Victimization is Suspected
Journal: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1994)  Pages:645-661
Author(s): G S Goodman; K J Saywitz
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 17
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The authors of this article discuss interviewing children to elicit the most accurate renditions of their experiences with the least stress placed on children in the process.
Abstract: Attempts to protect children from sexual victimization generate concern about the accuracy of children's memories of abuse. In forensic, therapeutic, and medical contexts, suspicions of sexual abuse may prompt interviewing of children about sexual acts. Such interviews, however, raise many important questions, such as: Do children possess accurate eyewitness memories relevant to their own sexual victimization? and How can professionals obtain the most accurate memory reports about abuse from children? The authors present information relevant to these questions by reviewing experimental literature on children's memory, suggestibility, and communication skills. They review, among other subjects: normal memory development; memory and open-ended questions; trauma and memory; normal language development; innovative questioning techniques; practice implications; and limits of current knowledge. One of the authors' most notable findings is that age alone is not a sufficient indicator of the accuracy of a child's memory. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Crime reporting by children; Crimes against children; Juvenile witnesses; Stress assessment; Victims of Crime
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