How Sexual Abuse Interviews Go Astray: Implications for Prosecutors, Police, and Child Protection Services
This article argues that child sexual abuse interviews can go astray in two different ways: (a) improper interviewing has the potential to elicit false allegations from children, and (b) clumsy interviewing does not typically produce false allegations, but may have other negative consequences, particularly for child victims. The article clarifies the distinction between the two kinds of bad interviewing and suggests that clumsy interviewing is the more common of the two. The potential negative consequences of both improper and clumsy interviewing are described, along with implications for prosecutors, police, and child protection services. In the authors' opinion, improper interviewing can probably be eliminated rather easily, but clumsy interviewing may be considerably more resistant to change.
James M. Wood and Sena Garven. "How Sexual Abuse Interviews Go Astray: Implications for Prosecutors, Police, and Child Protection Services" Child Maltreatment (2000).
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