A Child Interviewer's Guide

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Developed for child interviewers by child interviewers. A Child Interviewer's Guidebook integrates comprehensive coverage of research along with extensive clinical experience. Created in an accessible format, this guidebook is written by a group of authors with over 60 years of collective experience in the field of child interviewing. The authors' multidisciplinary backgrounds include former child protection service workers, a police officer, an attorney, a psychologist, and a social worker. The authors' understanding of the clinical realities of child interviewing and their ability to integrate these with current research make this book a unique synopsis of the art and science of forensic interviewing of children. A Child Interviewer's Guidebook is an invaluable reference for child interviewers in advocacy and medical assessment centers, child protection workers, law enforcement personnel, instructors in social work and psychology, medical professionals, and attorneys.

"...integrates comprehensive coverage of research along with extensive clinical experience...special topics include memory & suggestibility, responding to non-disclosure and false allegations, and working with special needs children."

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Originally developed and published to ensure that child abuse evaluators in Oregon were highly skilled and well trained, by summarizing concisely and clearly the accumulated knowledge on interviewing children. Considers such factors as a child's eligibility to be interviewed, interviewer training, a neutral environment, single-versus-multiple interviewers, background information, posing appropriate questions, language, using anatomical dolls and other tools, ending the interview, the non-disclosing child, and custody and visitation disputes. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Getting Ready
1 Child Eligibility for a Forensic Interview 3
2 Interviewer Training 10
3 Multidisciplinary Team Involvement 19
4 Establishing a Neutral Environment 25
5 Single Versus Multiple Interviewers 33
6 Friendly, Neutral Approach to Children 42
7 Gathering and Documenting Background Information 53
Pt. II Basic Interviewing Skills
8 Setting the Stage 63
9 Posing Appropriate Questions 78
10 The Use of Language in Child Interviews 99
11 The Use of Repeated Questions in Interviews 115
12 Using Anatomical Dolls and Other Tools 121
13 Ending the Interview 137
14 Verbatim Documentation 145
Pt. III Specialty Issues
15 Memory and Suggestibility 155
16 Errors in Children's Reports 173
17 The Nondisclosing Child 182
18 Interviewing the Special Needs Child 193
19 Coping With Custody and Visitation Disputes 207
App. A Core Literature for Child Interviewers 215
App. B C. A. R. E. S. Northwest Program Social History Questionnaire 218
App. C Sources for Dolls and Drawings 222
App. D C. A. R. E. S. Protective Order 224
References 227
Index 237
About the Authors 247
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