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Accuracy of disclosure and contextual control in child abuse: Developing procedures within the stimulus equivalence paradigm.

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dc.contributor.author Keenan, M., McGlinchey, A., Fairhurst, C., & Dillenburger, K.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-02T14:41:21Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-02T14:41:21Z
dc.date.issued 2000
dc.identifier.citation 3. Keenan, M., McGlinchey, A., Fairhurst, C., & Dillenburger, K. (2000). Accuracy of disclosure and contextual control in child abuse: Developing procedures within the stimulus equivalence paradigm. Behavior and Social Issues, 10, 1-17. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1183
dc.identifier.uri http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/bsi/article/view/131/172
dc.description.abstract Lack of reliable, nonintrusive disclosure techniques remains an obstacle in child abuse investigations. Stimulus equivalence procedures have been used to detect a range of social experiences. This paper explores the role that contextual cues play in the development of these procedures. Eight 6-9-year-olds were exposed to verifiable social experiences and then trained to respond differentially to two arbitrary stimuli. Phases 1-3 of the experiment began with a role-play in the laboratory. In Phase 1, the role-play was followed by conditional discrimination training; selecting arbitrary stimulus (*) in the presence of pictures depicting unusual activities in the role-play was reinforced, while selecting arbitrary stimulus (!) in the presence of other role-play stimuli was reinforced. In Phase 2, the role-play was followed by a testing procedure. In Phase 3, the two arbitrary stimuli were established as contextual cues. Following the role-play, accurate disclosure was reinforced in the presence of (*), while inaccurate disclosure was reinforced in the presence of (!). In Phase 4, a prearranged role-play took place at each child’s home. Using the arbitrary stimuli as contextual cues, children were tested for accurate and inaccurate verbal accounts. All subjects achieved 100% correct responses in Phases 1-3. Four of the 8 subjects scored 100% in Phase 4, whereas the remaining subjects scored between 67% and 94%. Findings are discussed in the context of child abuse. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Behavior and Social Issues en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.title Accuracy of disclosure and contextual control in child abuse: Developing procedures within the stimulus equivalence paradigm. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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