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NCJ Number: 121259 Find in a Library
Title: Mind of the Sexually Abused Child: Factors Impinging Upon Interview Structure
Journal: Police Journal  Volume:62  Issue:3  Dated:(July-September 1989)  Pages:226-233
Author(s): E Williams
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Current interview techniques in child sexual abuse do not pay sufficient attention to the nature of the abused child's memory, the child's own analysis of the predicament, and the impact of post-disclosure trauma, often exacerbated by relatives intent on forcing the child to withdraw the disclosure.
Abstract: Rehabilitative therapy for the child, whose development may be slowed by child sexual abuse, often consists of allowing the child to relieve pent up guilt and anxiety by disclosures. Unconscious denial mechanisms confuse the interviewer seeking evidence who does not sufficiently understand the child's memory functions. The child's view of the predicament may include ambivalent feelings towards the offender which makes consistent testimony difficult to obtain. Post-disclosure trauma is best handled by child psychologists or child psychiatrists unless social workers or police are adequately trained. 15 references.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; Juvenile witnesses; Police child abuse training; Witness credibility
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