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Children's Reporting About Sexual Versus Physical Abuse: Patterns of Reporting, Avoidance and Denial
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2015 (English)In: Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, ISSN 1321-8719, E-ISSN 1934-1687, Vol. 22, no 6, 890-902 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analysed the reporting patterns of 22 sexually abused children and 23 physically abused children (all cases had been verified). Police interviews with the children were analysed in relation to the amount and type of information reported, as well as the frequency of denial and avoidance of critical information. Physically and sexually abused children reported more neutral information from the abusive acts per se than information regarding sexual or physically violent acts. The children were also high in avoidance and denial regarding information about the abuse. The physically abused children reported more severe information about physically abusive acts compared with the amount of information the sexually abused children reported about severe sexual acts. An explanation for this may have been the shameful and taboo nature of sexual abuse. It is important to undertake further investigation of how the nature and type of abuse, to which child witnesses have been exposed, may affect the reporting pattern. Such information may broaden our knowledge about how to conduct and evaluate child interviews.

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2015. Vol. 22, no 6, 890-902 p.
Keyword [en]
child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, children's testimony
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Law Psychology Pediatrics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125807DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2015.1016392ISI: 000366454300008OAI: diva2:896462
Available from: 2016-01-21 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-01-21Bibliographically approved

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