The use of dolls to interview young children: issues of symbolic representation.

@article{Deloache1995TheUO,
  title={The use of dolls to interview young children: issues of symbolic representation.},
  author={Judy S Deloache and Donald P Marzolf},
  journal={Journal of experimental child psychology},
  year={1995},
  volume={60 1},
  pages={155-73}
}
A very common practice in the investigation of suspected sexual abuse is to use anatomically detailed dolls to interview children. The use of such dolls is particularly advocated for very young children. For a doll to be useful, however, children must accept and use it as a representation of themselves. Our previous research on 2- and 3-year-old children's understanding of symbolic objects led us to hypothesize that such very young children might have difficulty understanding and using a doll… CONTINUE READING

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