Children's perceived emotional behavior at disclosure and prosecutors' evaluations.

@article{Castelli2014ChildrensPE,
  title={Children's perceived emotional behavior at disclosure and prosecutors' evaluations.},
  author={Paola Castelli and Gail S. Goodman},
  journal={Child abuse & neglect},
  year={2014},
  volume={38 9},
  pages={1521-32}
}
The present study investigated the perceived emotional behavior of alleged child victims when disclosing sexual abuse in a forensic interview. It also addressed whether the perceived emotional behavior influenced prosecutors' evaluations of children's potential as witnesses and prosecutors' recommendations to press charges. Ninety-eight videotapes of forensic interviews with alleged child sexual abuse victims (4- to 17-year-olds) were coded for behavioral indicators of emotions. Case file… CONTINUE READING