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NCJ Number: 166296 Find in a Library
Title: Interviewing Young Children About Body Touch and Handling
Author(s): M S Steward; D S Steward
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 242
Sponsoring Agency: University of Chicago Press
Chicago, IL 60637
Publication Number: ISBN 0-226-77401-5
Sale Source: University of Chicago Press
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Children aged 3-6 years were interviewed following a scheduled pediatric clinic visit to assess the efficacy of two independent variables -- interview strategy and number of interviews -- on the accuracy, completeness, and consistency of children's reports.
Abstract: Four experimental interviews were developed: a verbal interview and three interviews enhanced with anatomically detailed cues, photographs, and props. Initially, 130 children were interviewed after the clinic event. One month later, 124 were again interviewed, and 74 were interviewed a third time after 6 months. Initially, children's spontaneous reports of body touch were highly accurate, but sparse. After a 1-month delay, accuracy and completeness dropped significantly; accuracy was stable from 1 to 6 months; completeness rebounded at 6 months. Three-year-olds' reports of body touch were less complete and less consistent, but rarely less accurate than those of older age groups. After 1-month and 6-month delays, consistently reported information was more accurate than new information. Anatomically detailed cues increased completeness of reporting of total body and genital touch. Photos elicited more useful information for identification of persons and places than did questions, and medical props initially offered no advantage and subsequently led to errors. Tabular data and chapter references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews
Note: Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Serial No. 248, Vol. 61, Nos. 4-5, 1996.
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