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

Author/s Sarah Miragoli, Elena Camisasca, Paola Di Blasio
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/3
Language Italian Pages 22 P. 483-504 File size 224 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIP2019-003003
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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.

Keywords: Child sexual abuse, emotions, traumatic narrative, linguistic analysis

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Sarah Miragoli, Elena Camisasca, Paola Di Blasio, Le emozioni dei bambini sessualmente abusati nelle audizioni protette: fattori individuali e situazionali in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 3/2019, pp 483-504, DOI: 10.3280/RIP2019-003003