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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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Formulating Conclusions About Sexual Abuse

Formulating Conclusions About Sexual Abuse

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(p.245) SEVENTEEN Formulating Conclusions About 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/9780195311778.003.0017

This chapter guides through the literature on conclusions about abuse and potential errors in forming conclusions. The chapter advises that multiple hypotheses should be considered and just focusing on information confirmatory of sexual abuse should be avoided. It provides a framework for considering the degree of certainty about sexual abuse and discusses how this framework interfaces with the legal system.

Keywords:   multiple hypotheses, confirmatory bias, degree of certainty, potential errors

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