Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice

Hardcover | January 25, 2007

byKathleen Coulborn Faller

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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 contradictoryevidence 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 guidereaders 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, showingprofessionals 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 acourtroom 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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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 contradictoryevidence that informs their decision making. Here...

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., is Professor of Social Work, Marion Elizabeth Blue Chair in Children and Families, and Director of the Family Assessment Clinic at the University of Michigan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:January 25, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311779

ISBN - 13:9780195311778

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Table of Contents

1. Forensic and Clinical Interviewer Roles in Child Sexual Abuse2. Children's Memory and Suggestibility3. Models for Assessing Child Sexual Abuse4. Interviewer Objectivity and Allegations of Sexual Abuse5. Number of Child Interviews6. Documentation of the Interview7. Interview Structure, Protocol, or Guidelines8. Questioning Techniques9. Media for Interviewing Children10. Special Considerations for Cases Involving Young Children11. Interviewing Children with Special Needs12. Conducting Culturally Competent Sexual Abuse Interviews with Children from Diverse Racial, Cultural, and Socio-Economic Backgrounds13. Children Who Do Not Want to Disclose14. False Allegations of Sexual Abuse15. Standardized Tests and Measures16. Criteria for Deciding about the Likelihood of Sexual Abuse17. Formulating Conclusions about Sexual Abuse

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"This book creates a valuable link between practical experience, empirical research, and the unique legal constraints of child interviewing, and will serve as a important resource for those called up to accurately and sensitively gather information from children." Charles Wilson, MSSW,Executive Director, Chadwick Center for Children and Families Children's Hospital - San Diego