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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

Knowing More than They Can Tell
Knowing more than they can tell

In the case described in Chapter 1, I felt I was not able to argue strongly enough for the child's protection, because I had few facts from which to argue. Researchers still don't have all the pieces to understanding how young children recall what has happened to them. Could this very young child remember early trauma? If she could, then how long would the memory last? Would it be accurate? If she had been abused but could not talk very well, would she register the abuse in ways other than by talking?

I found some facts in the literature on memory, trauma, behavior problems, and sexuality in young children. I learned that researchers are clear ...

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