College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Reduction of Distress in Children Undergoing Sexual Abuse Medical Examination

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1998

Publication Title

The Journal of Pediatrics

ISSN

0022-3476

Volume

133

Issue/No.

2

Abstract

A participant modeling film to reduce distress in children (5 to 13 years old) undergoing sexual abuse medical examination was tested. Twenty-one children viewing the participant modeling film reported less fear after film viewing and were behaviorally less distressed and more compliant, as rated by nurses and mothers, during gynecological examination than 21 children viewing a non-relevant film.

DOI

10.1016/S0022-3476(98)70241-0

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