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Soc. Sci. 2015, 4(1), 34-65; doi:10.3390/socsci4010034

Forty Years of Forensic Interviewing of Children Suspected of Sexual Abuse, 1974–2014: Historical Benchmarks

School of Social Work, University of Michigan, 1080 S. University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106, USA
Academic Editor: Nigel Parton
Received: 14 October 2014 / Accepted: 2 December 2014 / Published: 24 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Developments in Child Protection)
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This article describes the evolution of forensic interviewing as a method to determine whether or not a child has been sexually abused, focusing primarily on the United States. It notes that forensic interviewing practices are challenged to successfully identify children who have been sexually abused and successfully exclude children who have not been sexually abused. It describes models for child sexual abuse investigation, early writings and practices related to child interviews, and the development of forensic interview structures from scripted, to semi-structured, to flexible. The article discusses the controversies related appropriate questions and the use of media (e.g., anatomical dolls and drawings). It summarizes the characteristics of four important interview structures and describes their impact of the field of forensic interviewing. The article describes forensic interview training and the challenge of implementing training in forensic practice. The article concludes with a summary of progress and remaining controversies and with future challenges for the field of forensic interviewing. View Full-Text
Keywords: child sexual abuse; forensic interviewing; anatomical dolls; questioning children about abuse child sexual abuse; forensic interviewing; anatomical dolls; questioning children about abuse
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Faller, K.C. Forty Years of Forensic Interviewing of Children Suspected of Sexual Abuse, 1974–2014: Historical Benchmarks. Soc. Sci. 2015, 4, 34-65.

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