Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Preschool Children: Understanding Small Voices / Edition 1

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Written to help frontline practitioners assess and manage cases with children aged 18 months to six years who present allegations of child abuse, this book provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Extensive experience is integrated with the research literature to provide:

  • an overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children
  • a protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research
  • a format for assessment of children aged three to five
  • a review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats
  • a technique for structured interviewing

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Provides background information for practitioners who assess and manage such allegations by children aged 18 months to six years. Considers child development as it relates to interviewing them, a protocol for assessing preverbal children, a format for interviewing children three to five, strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats, structured interviewing that surveys a range of touching, a structured reunification of the child and alleged abuser after unproven allegations, and other aspects. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761902058
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/3/1998
  • Series: Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series , #22
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 989,898
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Table of Contents

Protecting Our Children from Sexual Abuse
How Children Express Themselves
Understanding Developmental Context
Knowing More Than They Can Tell
Assessing Very Young Children (18 to 36 Months)
Children Who Cannot Be Interviewed
Assessing Young Children (3 to 5 Years Old)
Prescreening Children with Transitioning Skills
Current Interview Formats with Adaptations for Preschool Children
The Touch Survey
Systematic Screening for Child Abuse
When Abuse Is Not Proven
Managing High Risk Cases
Where Do We Go from Here?
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