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Written to help frontline practitioners assess and manage cases with children aged 18 months to six years who present allegations of child abuse, this book provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Extensive experience is integrated with the research literature to provide: an overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children a protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research a format for assessment of children aged three to five a review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats a technique for structured interviewing

How Children Express Themselves: Understanding Developmental Context
How children express themselves: Understanding developmental context

The way in which young children perceive, store, and express abuse is shaped by their stage of development. It is essential to have a thorough understanding of these shifting stages throughout the preschool years if we are to effectively assess allegations of abuse. The characteristics of various developmental stages also dictate the format for the type of assessment we must do.

This chapter briefly reviews the course of early childhood development, highlighting important concepts and terms and focusing on implications for abuse assessment. The review emphasizes the traditional areas of cognitive, emotional, social, and sexual development throughout childhood: infancy (0–18 months), toddlerhood (18–30 months), early childhood (30 months-4 years), and preschool years (ages ...

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