Interviewing Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse Article Review

Interviewing Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Seeks the best strategies for interviewing victims of childhood sexual abuse.
# 151179 | 1,130 words | 2 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that many disciplines must use a comprehensive protocol to interview victims of child sexual abuse; however, each discipline has its own idea about the requirements of these interviews. A paper by Cheung and McNeil Boutte-Queen, which underscores that the data needed for law enforcement, child protective service specialist and the medical doctor does differ from each other, and another paper by Pangborn, which stresses that a poorly conducted assessment by an inadequately trained interviewer can negatively affect what the child can recall about the abusive incident, are reviewed and evaluated. The paper concludes that a correct interview protocol requires that the professional patiently listens to the child so that the interview itself does not contribute to further abuse.

Table of Contents:
Introduction to the Empirical Study
Introduction for Literature Review Article

From the Paper:

"A consequence of systems or agencies that handle abuse of children results in systemic abuse of children. It appears that children are negatively impacted by professionals who rigidly operate within their discipline without regard for what the child victim has to endure. There is a need for a method of validating the child's account while avoiding the pitfalls of false memories, lying, subjecting the children to multiple interviews and the lack of interviewing skills of the professionals have led to criticism of the interview process.
"To reduce the systematic abuse, there is a need for development of a universal protocol that meets the needs of every professional involved. This protocol would eliminate the need for multiple interviews and guard against emotional damage to the child victims. The quality of the information disclosed is improved when the universal protocol is used.
"The Child Sexual Abuse Interview Protocol (CSAIP) is an interviewing guide designed for professional use when a child sexual abuse investigation is conducted. It was developed by an international team of professionals. 5 professionals viewed 90 videotaped child sexual abuse interviews to find the most effective ways to get reliable, quality information from child victims. The 100 question protocol and was mailed out to 71 professionals working with the (CAC) in Houston, TX."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cheung, M., & McNeil Boutte-Queen, N.. (2010). Assessing the relative importance of the child sexual abuse interview protocol items to assist child victims in abuse disclosure. Journal of Family Violence, 25(1), 11-22. Retrieved April 14, 2012, from ProQuest Social Science Journals. (Document ID: 1935415271).
  • Pangborn, K.. (2009). Identifying and correcting problems with forensic interviews of alleged child Sexual abuse victims: A holistic environmental approach. Issues in Child Abuse Accusations, 181. Retrieved April 14, 2012, from ProQuest Social Science Journals. (Document ID: 2020408361).

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