The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment and Testimony / Edition 1

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The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations: A Comprehensive Guide to Assessment and Testimony is the most in-depth and practical guide available for forensic psychologists and other mental health professionals working on child sexual abuse cases. It reflects the current knowledge in this field through contributions written by nationally and internationally recognized experts in applied research and practice.
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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes how to evaluate allegations of child sexual abuse, covering both assessment and court testimony and providing specific interview techniques.
Purpose: Recognizing that "the evaluation of children suspected of having been sexually abused is one of the most challenging endeavors in clinical and forensic practice," the editors set out to "assist the mental health evaluator facing the challenges of these assessments," by compiling "a collection of chapters that reflect current knowledge in the field."
Audience: The target audience includes "all mental health professionals working to protect children." Kathryn Kuehnle, research assistant professor at the University of South Florida, is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of child abuse. Mary Connell is a certified forensic psychologist. The contributors represent the United States, Norway, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
Features: The introduction focuses on the McMartin preschool case. The book then details how to use research to accurately identify sexually abused children and spends some time in understanding normative sexual and nonsexual behaviors. One of the most important parts of the book looks at the forensic interview itself and various assessment techniques. The book ends with a description of the role of the mental health professional in court, especially in educating the judge and jury about the whole assessment process, including suggestibility and/or unintentional false reports. The book uses numerous tables and figures to help illuminate the material. At the end of each chapter, there is a box of guidelines, which sums up the most important points of the chapter. An appendix sets out an investigative interview protocol (15 pages) for police interrogators from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). There is both an author and a subject index. The chapter on normative memory development and the child witness explores the development of memory and unwarranted assumptions regarding children's testimony.
Assessment: This excellent book integrates research with clinical practice as it teaches mental health professionals the most salient concepts in order to avoid using faulty interview techniques. New clinicians in the field will benefit from the wisdom presented here. This practical book should be in the library of every forensic professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470288603
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 1,277,261
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Contributors xv

Introduction: Improved Forensic Interviewing: The Legacy of the McMartin Preschool Case John E. B. Myers xix

Part I Applying Clinical Decision Research to Increase the Accuracy of Sexual Abuse Evaluations

Chapter 1 Methods for the Identification of Sexually Abused Children: Issues and Needed Features for Abuse Indicators David Faust Ana J. Bridges David C. Ahern 3

Chapter 2 Methods for the Identification of Sexually Abused Children: Reframing the Clinician's Task and Recognizing Its Disparity with Research on Indicators Ana J. Bridges David Faust David C. Ahern 21

Chapter 3 Methods for the Identification of Sexually Abused Children: Suggestions for Clinical Work and Research David Faust Ana J. Bridges David C. Ahern 49

Part II Professional Roles and Ethics

Chapter 4 Professional Roles: Key to Accuracy and Effectiveness Charles R. Clark 69

Chapter 5 Ethical Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations Gerald P. Koocher 81

Part III Children's Behavior: Critical Factors

Chapter 6 Child Development: Normative Sexual and Nonsexual Behaviors That May Be Confused with Symptoms of Sexual Abuse Debra A. Poole Michele A. Wolfe 101

Chapter 7 The Continuum of Children's Sexual Behavior: Discriminative Categories and the Need for Public Policy Change Jessica Gurley Kathryn Kuehnle H. D. Kirkpatrick 129

Part IV Children's Reports: Fundamental Issues

Chapter 8 Normative Memory Development and the Child Witness J. Zoe Klemfuss Stephen Ceci 153

Chapter 9 Children's Resistance to Suggestion LaTonya S. Harris Gail S. Goodman Else Marie Augusti Yoojin Chae Deborah Alley 181

Chapter 10 Repressed and RecoveredMemories during Childhood and Adolescence Andrea F. Greenhoot Monica Tsethlikai 203

Part V Forensic Interview of the Child

Chapter 11 Forensic Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations: Accuracy, Ethics, and Admissibility Steve Herman 247

Chapter 12 Children's Suggestibility: Areas of Consensus and Controversy Lindsay C. Malloy Jodi A. Quas 267

Chapter 13 Forensic Interviews with Children: A Two-Way Street: Supporting Interviewers in Adhering to Best Practice Recommendations and Enhancing Children's Capabilities in Forensic Interviews Deirdre Brown Michael E. Lamb 299

Chapter 14 Repeated Interviewing: A Critical Evaluation of the Risks and Potential Benefits David La Rooy Michael E. Lamb Margaret-Ellen Pipe 327

Part VI Techniques: Interference Versus Facilitation

Chapter 15 Dolls, Drawing, Body Diagrams, and Other Props: Role of Props in Investigative Interviews Margaret-Ellen Pipe Karen Salmon 365

Chapter 16 Unsupported Assessment Techniques in Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations Daniel Murrie David A. Martindale Monica Epstein 397

Part VII A National Movement: Child Interview Centers

Chapter 17 The Child Advocacy Center Model Mary Connell 423

Chapter 18 The Extended Forensic Evaluation Mary Connell 451

Part VIII Analysis of the Data: Opinions and the Court

Chapter 19 The Return of the Ultimate Issue: Talking to the Court in Child Sexual Abuse Cases Daniel W. Shuman William G. Austin 491

Chapter 20 Jurors and Professionals in the Legal System: What Do They Know and What They Should Know about Interviewing Child Witnesses Julie A. Buck Amye R. Warren 501

Appendix Investigative Interview Protocol 531

Author Index 547

Subject Index 561

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