Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice / Edition 1

Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice / Edition 1

by Kathleen Coulborn Faller
     
 

Interviewing children who may been sexually abused is a daunting task fraught with far-reaching consequences for the children, families, institutions, and professionals involved. With no room for error, forensic and clinical interviewers must navigate the complex and often contradictory evidence that informs their decision making.

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Overview

Interviewing children who may been sexually abused is a daunting task fraught with far-reaching consequences for the children, families, institutions, and professionals involved. With no room for error, forensic and clinical interviewers must navigate the complex and often contradictory evidence that informs their decision making.

Here, Kathleen Coulborn Faller, a leading expert on child sexual abuse, critically analyzes the research on assessing child sexual abuse. Noting that issues such as memory and suggestibility, questioning techniques, the use of media, and false allegations remain hotly contested, chapters guide readers in applying available research to professional judgment while drawing also on best practice guidelines and conceptual, clinical, and consensus-based writings. The only up-to-date resource of its kind,Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse covers the entire interview process, showing professionals how to structure, document, and follow up on children's responses in interviews; work with children who are very young, have special needs, or come from diverse backgrounds; use standardized tests and measures; formulate conclusions about sexual abuse; and defend those decisions in a courtroom or clinical setting.

Mental health, forensic, and child welfare professionals will find in this volume a wealth of expert information that will guide them through the often murky, always emotional process of interviewing children about sexual abuse.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195311778
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
587,676
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

1. Forensic and Clinical Interviewer Roles in Child Sexual Abuse
2. Children's Memory and Suggestibility
3. Models for Assessing Child Sexual Abuse
4. Interviewer Objectivity and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
5. Number of Child Interviews
6. Documentation of the Interview
7. Interview Structure, Protocol, or Guidelines
8. Questioning Techniques
9. Media for Interviewing Children
10. Special Considerations for Cases Involving Young Children
11. Interviewing Children with Special Needs
12. Conducting Culturally Competent Sexual Abuse Interviews with Children from Diverse Racial, Cultural, and Socio-Economic Backgrounds
13. Children Who Do Not Want to Disclose
14. False Allegations of Sexual Abuse
15. Standardized Tests and Measures
16. Criteria for Deciding about the Likelihood of Sexual Abuse
17. Formulating Conclusions about Sexual Abuse

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