Content analysis of child testimony - The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of children’s age and the level of stress of sexual abuse experience (relied with seriousness of abusive action, duration of abuse, number of perpetrators, PTSD) on the quality of depositions. Trascripts of 80 depositions of victims of sexual abuse (aged 4-17 years) was analyzed by specifically constructed codification of content. Results of multiple regression analyses indicate that children’s age and level of stress predict differently some aspects of content of testimony. Age predicts gustatory perceptions, sense of estrangement and self-reflective abilities; level of stress predicts the aspects relied with temporal markers and actions. Key words: testimony, traumatic narrative, child sexual abuse, age differences.
Parole chiave: testimonianza, narrazione traumatica, abuso sessuale, differenze di età.
Parole chiave: violenza all’infanzia, attaccamento, comportamenti di internalizzazione ed esternalizzazione, mediatori.