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Children's memories of a physical examination involving genital touch: implications for reports of child sexual abuse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1955603     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Evaluation of child sexual abuse often necessitates interviewing children about genital touch, yet little scientific research exists on how best to obtain children's reports of genital contact. To examine this issue, 72 five- and seven-year-old girls experienced a standardized medical checkup. For half of the children, the checkup included a vaginal and anal examination (genital condition); for the other half, the checkup included a scoliosis examination instead (nongenital condition). The children's memories were later solicited through free recall, anatomically detailed doll demonstration, and direct and misleading questions. The majority of children in the genital condition revealed vaginal and anal contact only when asked directly about it. Children in the nongenital condition never falsely reported genital touch in free recall or doll demonstration; when asked directly, the false report rate was low. Significant age differences in free recall and doll demonstration, found only in the nongenital condition, implicated socioemotional factors as suppressing the reports of older children who experienced genital contact.
K J Saywitz; G S Goodman; E Nicholas; S F Moan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of consulting and clinical psychology     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0022-006X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1991 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-12-30     Completed Date:  1991-12-30     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0136553     Medline TA:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  682-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, School of Medicine, Torrance 90509.
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MeSH Terms
Child Abuse, Sexual / legislation & jurisprudence*,  psychology*
Child, Preschool
Genitalia, Female*
Mental Recall*
Physical Examination*

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