The effects of drawing on children's accounts of sexual abuse

Carmit Katz, Irit Hershkowitz

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Abstract

This study was designed to explore the effects of event drawing during investigative interviews on the richness of the accounts made by children. The sample included 125 children aged 4 to 14 years, alleged victims of sexual abuse. The children were first interviewed with open-ended invitations before they were randomly assigned into one of two interview conditions: with (n = 69) or without (n = 56) event drawing, and then reinterviewed. Children in the drawing group disclosed more free recall information about the abusive events than children in the comparison group, including central details about people, actions, time, and location of the incidents. The effect of drawing was evident regardless of child's age, gender, type of abuse, and time delay. These findings suggest that event drawing, as used in this study, can enhance children's forensic statements in child abuse investigations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-179
Number of pages9
JournalChild Maltreatment
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • Drawing
  • Investigative interviews
  • Memory
  • Sexual abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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