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Interviewing Children about Sexual AbuseControversies and Best Practice$
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Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311778.001.0001

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Criteria for Deciding About the Likelihood of Sexual Abuse

Criteria for Deciding About the Likelihood of Sexual Abuse

(p.226) SIXTEEN Criteria for Deciding About the Likelihood of Sexual Abuse
Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Oxford University Press

Once the professional has conducted interviews with the child and gathered other data, how then does he/she decide about the likelihood of sexual abuse? This chapter begins by reviewing the literature on decision-making protocols and notes commonalities and differences. This review is followed by a framework and a process for decision-making. This framework allows professionals to document all of the information, from both the child interview(s) and other sources on a single instrument, to propose a range of explanations for each finding, to select the explanation most consistent with other facts and findings, and to determine the weight to place on each finding.

Keywords:   decisions, sexual abuse, decision-making, decision-making protocols, single instrument

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