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Preschoolers' Disclosures of Sexual Abuse: A Multiple-Case Study

Authors Mikaela Magnusson
Emelie Ernberg
Sara Landström
Published in The 9th annual conference of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG), London, United Kingdom, June 22-24, 2016
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords Child sexual abuse; Children's testimony; Child interview; Scientific case study
Subject categories Psychology, Applied Psychology


Young victims of child sexual abuse can for a variety of developmental, social, and contextual reasons have difficulties disclosing their experiences. The present project aimed to shed light on preschoolers’ disclosure tendencies by closely examining 57 Swedish court cases of child sexual abuse. All allegations were verified from supporting corroborative evidence (e.g. video-recordings of the abuse, DNA evidence, conclusive medical examinations) and had received a convicting verdict. While the majority of children could provide information about their victimization, their first disclosures were often delayed. A range of barriers could hinder the preschoolers from telling. In line with previous research, the victims were often reluctant during their police interviews. Repeated sessions, focused questions and other reassurances could, however, facilitate this difficult process.

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