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Low-income preschoolers' behavior with anatomically detailed dolls

Dawson, Brenda ; Geddie, Lane ; Wagner, William

Journal of Family Violence, 1996, Vol.11(4), pp.363-378 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Low-income preschoolers' behavior with anatomically detailed dolls
  • Author/Creator: Dawson, Brenda ; Geddie, Lane ; Wagner, William
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: anatomically detailed dolls ; child sexual abuse ; child abuse evaluations
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Family Violence, 1996, Vol.11(4), pp.363-378
  • Description: The present study examined nonabused children's responses to anatomically detailed (AD) dolls among diverse populations. Thirty six low-income, predominantly African-American preschoolers from a Head Start center participated in an AD interview. Interviews were videotaped and coded for the presence of eight behaviors and eight parallel verbalizations. Results indicated that the children spent the majority of the interview without engaging in any behaviors which are often associated with sexual abuse. Sexual interaction between the dolls was seldom demonstrated, particularly when compared to exploration of the dolls' genitalia. Some differences were noted in the way low-income, predominantly African-American preschoolers responded to the dolls, when contrasted with the results of studies using predominantly middle-income, White preschoolers. The need for the consideration of environmental factors in interpreting children's responses to AD dolls is discussed.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0885-7482 ; E-ISSN: 1573-2851 ; DOI: 10.1007/BF02333423