Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses / Edition 1

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Interviewers and researchers have thus made considerable efforts to understand how to make children's testimony as useful and reliable as possible. At the same time, highly publicised cases in the United States, Norway, New Zealand, the UK, and Italy, have drawn attention to the counterproductive ways in which many alleged victims of sexual abuse are interviewed.
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Table of Contents

1 Interviewing Children About Abuse: An Overview and Introduction 1

2 Factors Affecting the Capacities and Limitations of Young Witnesses 19

3 How do Investigators Typically Interview Alleged Victims? 63

4 The NICHD Investigative Interview Protocols for Young Victims and Witnesses 83

5 Does Use of the Protocol Affect the Way Investigators Interview Alleged Victims and Witnesses? 103

6 Interviewing Suspected Victims Under Six Years of Age 137

7 The Effects of the Protocol on the Broader Investigative Process 165

8 Interviewing Reluctant Suspected Victims and Suspects 185

9 Interviewing Children with Intellectual and Communicative Difficulties 243

10 Promoting and Maintaining Developmentally-Appropriate Interviewing by Training Interviewers 253

11 What Has Been Achieved: What Else Needs to Be Done? 267

App. 1 Investigative Interview Protocol 283

App. 2 Focused Questions about Tactile Contact [Touching] 301

App. 3 Interview Guide for Youthful Suspects 307

References 317

Index 355

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