Understanding and Assessing Child Sexual Maltreatment, Second Edition updates its comprehensive coverage of child sexual abuse definitions and indicators, interview and questioning techniques, and diagnosis guidelines to include an insightful response to the building social backlash against the so-called "child abuse industry." Distinguished scholar and experienced practitioner Kathleen Coulborn Faller applies twenty-five years of clinical experience and state-of-the-art research to offer authoritative guidance to both novice and experience practitioners.

Child Interviews When Sexual Abuse is Suspected

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.

A Flexible, Child-Focused Interview

Various approaches have been suggested for interviewing children ...

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