Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interobserver reliability between experienced forensic sexual assault examiners
by Benson, Alexa Anne, M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 67; 1466190
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of forensic sexual assault examiners when observing genital photographs of sexual assault victims. One hundred consecutive victim cases were evaluated; 8 examiners each observed 50 victim cases.

The major findings showed good reliability among examiners when observing whether or not an acute genital injury was present but poor reliability when examiners were asked to name the specific type of acute genital injury.

Recommendations for future research included using this study's model as a baseline for future studies, enlarging the sample size to include more experienced examiners from other regions, using more images within each case, predetermining the descriptive terms prior to the study's commencement and including the term "nonspecific" as a response choice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kumrow, David E.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 1466190
ISBN: 978-1-109-16809-9
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