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NCJ Number: 164185 Find in a Library
Title: Analytical Review of the Empirical Literature on Children's Play With Anatomically Detailed Dolls
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:5  Issue:1  Dated:(1996)  Pages:21-45
Author(s): L Simkins; A Renier
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 25
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reviews some of the empirical literature on children's play behavior with anatomically detailed (A/D) dolls.
Abstract: The author presents the substantive results of 17 A/D doll studies, critically evaluates the methodology used in A/D doll research, and suggests directions for future research. The issues examined in each study are study characteristics (objectives, interview format, and major results); characteristics of the children; and characteristics of the interviewer. The review addressed relevant literature over a 10-year period (1982-92). The results of the review generally show that play with the A/D dolls is not traumatizing nor do the dolls elicit sexual fantasies or sexualized play behavior among children who are assumed not to have a history of sexual abuse. Generally, children referred for assessment of sexual abuse showed more sexualized play than nonreferred children, although there were considerable variations in the magnitude of the differences across studies as well as what constitutes sexualized play. The limitations of existing studies are reviewed, and suggestions for future research are presented. The author also advises that the research studies reviewed may not reflect clinical use of the dolls; therefore, generalizations must be viewed with caution. 2 tables and 24 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Anatomically correct dolls; Child abuse detection; Child abuse investigations; Child Sexual Abuse
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