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Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice

Kathleen Coulborn Faller


Interviewing children who may have been sexually abused is a daunting task fraught with far-reaching consequences for the children, families, institutions, and professionals involved. With no room for error, forensic and clinical interviewers must navigate the complex and often contradictory evidence that informs their decision making. This book critically analyzes the research on assessing child sexual abuse. Noting that issues such as memory and suggestibility, questioning techniques, the use of media, and false allegations remain hotly contested, the chapters advise on applying available re ... More

Keywords: sexual abuse, forensic interviewers, clinical interviewers, memory, suggestibility, questioning techniques, media, false allegations, best practice guidelines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Coulborn Faller, author
University of Michigan