Emotions expressed by sexually abused children during protected auditions: Individual and situational factors

Sarah Miragoli, Paola Di Blasio, Elena Camisasca

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Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine children’s expressed emotions in allegations of child sexual abuse, with particular interest to the influence of individual (gender, age at the time of the abuse and the hearing) and situational (type, severity and duration of sexual abuse) factors. Little research exists on this topic, although children’s emotional expressions at disclosure may play a crucial role in the credibility of the child and legal determinations. Ninety-six allegations of children (M = 10, DS = 3.7, range: 4-17 years) sexually abused were coded for children’s emotional displays (fear, sadness, disgust, anger, shame and guilt), through the Linguistic Inquiry Word Count (Pennebaker, Booth, & Francis, 2007). Results showed that many negative emotions were expressed in the narrative accounts and that individual and situational factors were significantly connected to the expression of some emotions.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] Emotions expressed by sexually abused children during protected auditions: Individual and situational factors
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)483-504
Numero di pagine22
RivistaRicerche di Psicologia
Volume42
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019

Keywords

  • Abuso sessuale infantile
  • Analisi testuale
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Emotions
  • Emozioni
  • Linguistic analysis
  • Narrazione traumatica
  • Traumatic narrative

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