How Do Body Diagrams Affect the Accuracy and Consistency of Children's Reports of Bodily Touch Across Repeated Interviews?
Article first published online: 27 SEP 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 174–181, March/April 2012
How to Cite
Brown, D., Pipe, M.-E., Lewis, C., Lamb, M. E. and Orbach, Y. (2012), How Do Body Diagrams Affect the Accuracy and Consistency of Children's Reports of Bodily Touch Across Repeated Interviews?. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 174–181. doi: 10.1002/acp.1828
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 20 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: 12 JUL 2010
We examined the amount, accuracy, and consistency of information reported by 58 5- to 7-year-old children about a staged event that included physical contact/touching. Both 1 and 7 months following the event, children were asked both open and yes/no questions about touch [i] when provided with human body diagrams (HBDs), [ii] following instruction and practice using the HBDs, or [iii] without HBDs. Children interviewed with HBDs reported more information at 7 months, but a high proportion of inaccurate touches. Children seldom repeated touch-related information across the two interviews and did not incorporate errors made in the 1-month interview into their open-ended accounts 6 months later. Asking children to talk about innocuous touch may lead them to report unreliable information, especially when HBDs are used as aids and repeated interviews are conducted across delays that resemble those typical of forensic contexts. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.