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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311778.003.0016

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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