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Suspect confession of child sexual abuse to investigators

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dc.contributor.author Lippert, T., Cross, T.P., Jones, L. & Walsh, W.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-28T19:26:45Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-28T19:26:45Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Lippert, T., Cross, T.P., Jones, L. & Walsh, W. (2010). Suspect confession of child sexual abuse to investigators. Child Maltreatment, 15(2), 161-170. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/pdf/CV202.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/3536
dc.description.abstract Increasing the number of suspects who give true confessions of sexual abuse serves justice and reduces the burden of the criminal justice process on child victims. With data from four communities, this study examined confession rates and predictors of confession of child sexual abuse over the course of criminal investigations (final N = 282). Overall, 30% of suspects confessed partially or fully to the crime. This rate was consistent across the communities and is very similar to the rates of suspect confession of child sexual abuse found by previous research, although lower than that from a study focused on a community with a vigorous practice of polygraph testing. In a multivariate analysis, confession was more likely when suspects were younger and when more evidence of abuse was available, particularly child disclosure and corroborative evidence. These results suggest the difficulty of obtaining confession but also the value of methods that facilitate child disclosure and seek corroborative evidence, for increasing the odds of confession. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Child Maltreatment en_US
dc.subject confession en_US
dc.subject child sexual abuse en_US
dc.subject offenders en_US
dc.subject investigation en_US
dc.subject disclosure en_US
dc.title Suspect confession of child sexual abuse to investigators en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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