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

M. Keenan, A McGlinchey, C Fairhurst, K Dillenburger

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Abstract

Lack of reliable, nonintrusive disclosure techniques remains an obstacle in child abuse investigations. This article explores the role that contextual cues play in the development of stimulus equivalence procedures. 8 6-9-yr-olds were exposed to verifiable social experiences and then trained to respond differentially to 2 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 (SAS), 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 2 arbitrary stimuli were established as contextual cues. Following the role-play, accurate disclosure was reinforced in the presence of (SAS), while inaccurate disclosure was reinforced in the presence of (SAS). 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 Ss achieved 100% correct responses in Phases 1-3. Four of the 8 Ss scored 100% in Phase 4, whereas the remaining Ss scored between 67% and 94%. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBehavior and Social Issues
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
Volume10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2000

Publication series

NameBehavior and Social Issues
Volume10

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