Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice by William T. O'DonohueForensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice by William T. O'Donohue

Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

byWilliam T. O'DonohueEditorMatthew Fanetti

Paperback | March 27, 2019

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This wide-ranging volume combines the current findings and frontline knowledge working practitioners need to know about forensic interviewing of children in sexual abuse cases. Coverage begins with the basics: legal and ethical principles, interview planning and procedure, psychometric and cultural issues, pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Perspectives from a trial lawyer and a district attorney lend real-life details on criminal court procedure, interview procedure, legal standards, and what is expected of expert witnesses. Not only is developmental understanding of salient issues concerning children's competency and suggestibility offered here, but also vital guidance on the controversies surrounding false memories and untrue accusations.

Included in the coverage:

  • Working with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Childhood memory: an update from cognitive neuroscience.
  • Disclosure failures: statistics, characteristics, and strategies to address them.
  • Child abusers' threats and grooming techniques.
  • Review of psychometrics of forensic interview protocols with children.
  • Assessing the quality of forensic interviews with child witnesses.

Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abusebrings a wealth of robust practical information to professionals working with children, including clinical and child psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.

William T. O'Donohue is professor and chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada--Reno. For the past 16 years Dr. O'Donohue has directed a free clinic supported by a National Institute of Justice grant which assesses and treats sexually abused children. He regularly testifies as an expert witness in this area ...
Title:Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse: A Guide to Evidence-Based PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:March 27, 2019Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319793292

ISBN - 13:9783319793290


Table of Contents

Basic Issues.- Histgory of child forensic interviewing: important cases and trends. - How memory works.- Basic principles of interviewing children and adolescents.- Understanding suggestibility.- The major interviewing protocols: content and psychometrics.- Evaluating forensic interviews.- Understanding relevant case law and statutes.- Courtroom testimony and expert witnesses.- The process of disclosure for children.- Truth, lies and recantations.- Child abusers' threats and grooming.- Culture issues.- Working with others: the roles of the medical examination, prosecuter, defense.- Important Components of a Forsensic Interview.- Preparing for the interview.- What to avoid and how.- What to assess and how.- What to do when disclosure does not happen.- What to do in special cases.- Integrating information and drawing conclusions.