Evidence-based Child Forensic Interviewing: The Developmental Narrative Elaboration Interview

Paperback | August 21, 2013

byKaren J. Saywitz, Lorinda B. Camparo

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Interviewers face a dilemma when questioning children in a forensic context - an inherent mismatch between the needs of the legal system and the capabilities of young children. This is especially problematic when legal decisions with potentially serious consequences depend on the results ofthe interview, such as in cases involving eyewitness memory, divorce, and allegations of abuse and neglect. Without accommodations to a child's developmental level, interviews can result in false reports, miscommunication, and misinterpretation, despite an interviewer's best intentions.Evidence-based Child Forensic Interviewing addresses this discrepancy and presents an innovative approach to close the gap by providing the scaffolding, structure, and guidance children need to perform optimally. Created by Drs. Karen J. Saywitz and Lorinda B. Camparo and outlined in this guide, theDevelopmental Narrative Elaboration (DNE) Interview is an evidence-based step-by-step process and set of techniques for forensic contexts designed to help children ages 3-12 accurately tell as much as they can about their experiences and perceptions. The DNE is comprised of a developmentallysensitive core template and optional techniques that can be embedded at the interviewer's discretion as cases unfold. This book reviews the relevant research and then, with sample language, transcripts, and suggested activities, details a three-phased interview with examples. This empirically supported guide is designed to meet the needs of both novice and seasoned professionals in mental health, social service,law enforcement, and the legal system when children's input is needed for legal and social-service decision making.

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Interviewers face a dilemma when questioning children in a forensic context - an inherent mismatch between the needs of the legal system and the capabilities of young children. This is especially problematic when legal decisions with potentially serious consequences depend on the results ofthe interview, such as in cases involving eyew...

Karen J. Saywitz, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine. For 20 years she has trained students in medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, and law on the development of children and adolescents and directed programs providing mental health services to children a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:August 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019973089X

ISBN - 13:9780199730896

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Interviewers2. Evidence Base for the Developmental Narrative Elaboration InterviewPhase I: Preliminary Phase3. Before the Interview: Setting up the Interview Context4. Beginning the Interview: Introductions, Creating a Template, and Developing Rapport5. Demystifying Legal Process and the Interview6. Before the Core Interview: Teaching the Narrative Elaboration Strategy7. Before the Core Interview: Optional Methods for Improving Communication8. The Core DNE Interview9. Exploring the Details in Allegations of Abuse and NeglectPhase II: Closure10. Closing the InterviewAppendix A: Reminder Cards for Elementary School-Aged ChildrenAppendix B: Reminder Cards for PreschoolersAppendix C: Sample Transcript of Child Learning to Use the Reminder CardsAppendix D: Sample Transcript of Additional Practice TaskAppendix E: Thinking Cards for Resisting Suggestive QuestionsReferencesAbout the Authors