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.

The Context of Child Interviewing

The context of child interviewing

Professional concerns about child sexual abuse assessment have focused on the child interview, the topic of the previous chapter. However, this interview occurs in a larger context. Salient aspects of that larger context will be covered in this chapter. These are (a) models for assessing child sexual abuse allegations and the role of the child interview or interviews in the overall investigation, (b) strategies for documenting the child interview, (c) children's memory and suggestibility, and (d) the process of disclosure of sexual abuse.

Models for Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

As the child protective system in the United States was developed and expanded, child sexual abuse was added as a type of maltreatment that needed to be reported ...

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