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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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Interviewer Objectivity and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

Interviewer Objectivity and Allegations of Sexual Abuse

(p.44) FOUR Interviewer Objectivity and Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Oxford University Press

Current policy is to advise professionals interviewing for sexual abuse that they should take a neutral stance, that is, with no vested interest in findings or not findings evidence of sexual abuse. This chapter discusses the etiology of the admonition for interviewer neutrality and its utility. It also discusses the research which demonstrates that interviewer characteristics, such as gender and profession, predict whether interviewers are more likely to believe or disbelieve children’s reports.

Keywords:   interviewer bias, interviewer objectivity, vested interest, neutral stance, gender, profession

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