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Chapter 5: Child Interviews When Sexual Abuse is Suspected
Central to assessment of and decision making about sexual abuse is an interview or interviews with the child. This chapter will deal with the “nuts and bolts” of the child interview. In the years intervening since the first edition of this book, quite a lot of change has taken place in the forensic interview field. The following topics will be addressed: (a) flexibility in interview structure and strategies; (b) interview structure; (c) general principles for interviewing children who may have been sexually abused; (d) questioning techniques; (e) the use of media as communication aids; and (f) the scope of the child interview.
Various approaches have been suggested for interviewing children ...