Original Articles: PDF OnlyKATZ SHARON M. B.A.; SCHONFELD, DAVID J. M.D.; CARTER, ALICE S. PH.D.; LEVENTHAL, JOHN M. M.D.; CICCHETTI, DOMENIC V. PH.D.Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: April 1995 - p 71-76 Buy Abstract ABSTRACT The accuracy of children's reports of alleged sexual abuse during interviews with anatomically correct dolls is the focus of considerable controversy. This study used an analog experience to measure empirically the accuracy of reports in a relevant, but controlled setting: the forensic medical examination for suspected sexual abuse. Twenty-one 3− to 7-year-old children were interviewed about what occurred during previous examinations with open-ended questions, open-ended questions with anatomically correct dolls, and direct questions with the dolls. Children provided significantly more accurate reports and fewer omissions with direct questions using the dolls compared with either of the two open-ended sections, but there was no significant difference in the number of false reports across the three sections of the interview. These results suggest that anatomically correct dolls may bolster the recall of children's memory in the setting of direct questions without prompting false reports. J Dev Behav Pediatr 16:71–76, 1995. Index terms: anatomically correct dolls, sexual abuse. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.