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Guidelines for Interviewing Children During Child Custody Evaluations

Powell, M and Lancaster, Sandra (2003) Guidelines for Interviewing Children During Child Custody Evaluations. Australian Psychologist, 38 (1). pp. 46-54. ISSN 0005-0067

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This paper offers a brief review of the current literature related to the interviewing of children during child custody evaluations. In particular, the paper highlights several key issues and concerns, and provides a series of recommendations for professionals working in this area. These recommendations (which apply to children aged 3 to 12 years) are organised under the following headings: (a) establish rapport using broad open-ended questions, (b) make the purpose and ground rules of the interview clear to the child, (c) allow the child's perspective be heard without expecting an outright custody preference, (d) demonstrate a willingness to consider all reasonable perspectives or hypotheses about what has occurred, (e) try not to exacerbate the child's stress or guilt, (f) pursue all possible explanations for a child's report, irrespective of whether there are clear signs of “coaching” or contamination, (g) obtain appropriate training in the use of forensic interviewing techniques, and (h) engage in research on the impact of children's participation in custody cases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID10183, children, child, interview, rapport
Subjects: Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Current > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 05:58
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 04:09
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Citations in Scopus: 25 - View on Scopus

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