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Memorias del Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Salud

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RODRIGUEZ, J et al. Test of human figure in children with history of sexual abuse: Case study. Mem. Inst. Investig. Cienc. Salud [online]. 2015, vol.13, n.3, pp.75-81. ISSN 1812-9528.

The objective was to evaluate the presence of sexual abuse indicators (SAI) in childhood using the Boscato human figure test in girls with and without a history of SAI in the Department of Psychiatry of the Hospital de Clinicas. It is a exploratory, cross sectional study. An analysis of the human figure graphics test was performed in 16 patients: 8 with a history of SAI and 8 without SAI. Intensity of aggression: Motor skills: 6 of the total of 8 patients with SAI against no findings in patients without SAI. Conception of himself: perception of being traumatized in 2 of 8 patients with SAI and none without SAI. Micrographia: not present in patients with SAI but present in 1 patient without SAI. Denial: 2 of all patients with SAI and none in patients without SAI. Vulnerability (need of defense): 6 of all patients with SAI and no patient without SAI. Sensorial perceptions: one sign present in 1 patient without SAI and absent in patients with SAI. Somatic register; Wounds or marks on the body: in 6 of all patients with SAI and in 2 of patients without SAI. Specific indicators of child sexual abuse detection were found that correspond to the intensity of the aggression, the self-conception and to a lesser degree : to somatic register and social relationship.

Keywords : test of human figure-indicators of child sexual abuse; pediatric population.

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