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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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Documentation of the Interview

Documentation of the Interview

(p.58) SIX Documentation of the Interview
Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Oxford University Press

The documentation debate revolves around whether or not to video record child assessment interviews. In the 1980s, a videotape of the child’s interview promised to be a solution to the documentation dilemma and a substitute for child testimony in court. Videos haven’t been entirely satisfactory in meeting either goal. This chapter covers various forms of documentation such as audiotaping and note taking, the professional debate about documentation, advantages and disadvantages of videotaping, and offers suggestions about how to and whether to videotape.

Keywords:   interview documentation, videotaping interviews, audiotaping interviews, note-taking

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