Back to the future: A comment on the use of anatomical dolls in forensic interviews

Jason J. Dickinson, Debra A. Poole, Maggie Bruck

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Many researchers and interviewers have become disenchanted with the practice of using anatomically detailed (AD) dolls during forensic investigations, yet there is still support for doll-assisted interviews. This comment discusses five major concerns about AD dolls, involving child-related and interviewer-related factors. The research findings suggest that individuals who advocate for AD dolls bear the burden of proving that dolls are the best alternative for eliciting information about personally-experienced events from children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 29 Apr 2005



  • Anatomically-detailed dolls
  • Child abuse
  • Forensic investigation

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