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How Do Body Diagrams Affect the Accuracy and Consistency of Children's Reports of Bodily Touch Across Repeated Interviews?

Brown, Deirdre and Pipe, Margaret-Ellen and Lewis, Charlie and Lamb, Michael E. and Orbach, Yael (2012) How Do Body Diagrams Affect the Accuracy and Consistency of Children's Reports of Bodily Touch Across Repeated Interviews? Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26 (2). pp. 174-181. ISSN 0888-4080

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Abstract

We examined the amount, accuracy, and consistency of information reported by 58 5- to 7-year-old children about a staged event that included physical contact/touching. Both 1 and 7months following the event, children were asked both open and yes/no questions about touch [i] when provided with human body diagrams (HBDs), [ii] following instruction and practice using the HBDs, or [iii] without HBDs. Children interviewed with HBDs reported more information at 7months, but a high proportion of inaccurate touches. Children seldom repeated touch-related information across the two interviews and did not incorporate errors made in the 1-month interview into their open-ended accounts 6months later. Asking children to talk about innocuous touch may lead them to report unreliable information, especially when HBDs are used as aids and repeated interviews are conducted across delays that resemble those typical of forensic contexts.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Cognitive Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 55477
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2012 09:28
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55477

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