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ERIC Number: EJ921551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Professional Citation Practices in Child Maltreatment Forensic Letters
Schryer, Catherine F.; Bell, Stephanie; Mian, Marcellina; Spafford, Marlee M.; Lingard, Lorelei
Written Communication, v28 n2 p147-171 Apr 2011
Using rhetorical genre theory and research on reported speech, this study investigates the citation practices in 81 forensic letters written by paediatricians and nurse practitioners that provide their opinion for the courts as to whether a child has experienced maltreatment. These letters exist in a complex social situation where a lack of clarity exists as to which professional group (healthcare providers, police, social workers) is primarily responsible for gathering accounts of children's injuries. Yet physicians need these accounts into order to compare them to actual injuries. The study documents the direct and indirect citations that occur in the letters, observes documentation strategies, notes the instances in which partial breakdowns in citation occur, and points to the linguistic factors contributing to these breakdowns. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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